McGeorge School of Law

Chicago-Kent Wins Ethics Title

March 20, 2008

Kevin Koligian, Rema Al-Jundi, Maria Wilson, Alan Donato, Jake Flesher

The McGeorge team: From left, Kevin Koligian, Rema Al-Jundi, Maria Wilson, Alan Donato, and Coach Jake Flesher, '00.

Chicago-Kent College of Law captured the title in McGeorge’s Third Annual National Ethics Trial Competition, held March 13-15, 2008.

The host school for the prestigious invitational finished seventh in the 20-team field. Maria Wilson, ’08, took Best Advocate honors. She and her teammates, Rema Al Jundi, ’09, Alan Donato, ’09, and Kevin Koligian, ’08, earned the Most Professional Team award.

Chicago-Kent defeated SUNY at Buffalo in the final round after those two schools slipped past Stetson and Baylor in the semifinals. The field also included Alabama, Boalt Hall, Brooklyn, Creighton, UC Davis, Duke, Fordham, Houston, John Marshall, UCLA, Loyola of New Orleans, Roger Williams, Santa Clara, South Texas and Temple.

A prestigious panel that included Judge Connie Callahan, ’75, U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals; Justice Carol Corrigan, California Supreme Court; Judge Morrison England, ’83, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; Larry Fox, senior partner, Drinker Biddle, Philadelphia Pennsylvania; and Bob Buccola, ’83, partner, Dreyer Babich Buccola & Callaham, judged the final championship round. More than 90 Sacramento area attorneys and jurists participated as judges in the preliminary rounds.

The National Ethics Trial Competition, presented by McGeorge, is sponsored by Dreyer, Babich, Buccola, & Callaham, LLP. The Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court and the American Bar Association Section of Litigation are co-sponsors. All rounds were held at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, at the Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse in Sacramento.

Professors Jay Leach, Cary Bricker and Joe Taylor from the McGeorge Trial Advocacy Program were among the lead organizers of the event.