Trial team wins regional, to compete in nationals

Trial team wins regional, to compete in nationals
A team from The University of South Dakota School of Law is heading to the finals of the 31st Annual National Trial Competition after winning in regional competition Feb. 9-11 in Topeka, KA.

The USD team of Loralea Frank and Brian Schumacher travels to the National Finals March 22-25 in Dallas, TX.

The USD team was among 18 teams from New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska in the regional competition and will compete among 26 teams from 13 regions in the national finals.


"It's a real honor for this team to get to this prestigious national tournament," according to Robert Ulrich, advisor for the USD trial advocacy program. "These two people represented themselves and represented their law school very well. Their success speaks highly of the entire law school faculty."

The National Trial Competition is sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. It is the oldest trial competition for law students in the U.S., according to Ulrich.

"The trial team's success is the product of a lot of hard work by Loralea and Brian, and also by faculty advisor Bob Ulrich and the other trial team members," said Dean Barry R. Vickrey. "The support of South Dakota trial lawyers, both financially and in helping the teams prepare, was a major factor. Loralea and Brian will make the Law School proud at the national level, and I am pleased that they will have this extraordinary educational experience."

In the competition, all teams are given a model fact problem on which they hold trials before experienced judges selected for the tournament.

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