McGeorge School of Law

Strong Showing For Buffalo-Niagara Team

November 17, 2009

A McGeorge team advanced to the final four of the State University at Buffalo School of Law's 6th Annual Buffalo-Niagara National Mock Trial Tournament, held November 13-16, 2009.

John Marshall Law School of Chicago defeated St. John's University in the championship finals after the latter squad had knocked out Nikole McQuillan, '11, Matt Robinson, '11, Matthew Taylor, '11, and Ray Thomas, '10, in the semi-final round. Jake Flesher, '00, and Jason Schaff, '06, coached the McGeorge team.

One hundred and twenty-eight students from 33 law schools in 16 states competed in the event, which has developed into the largest one-weekend competition in the nation. The courtroom fictional case involved a law school professor accused of murdering his dean, a rival for of murdering his dean.

Other tournament competitors included Fordham, Pace, St. John's, Syracuse, Barry, Florida Coastal, Nova Southeastern, Chicago-Kent, Illinois, John Marshall, Duquesne, Temple, Thomas Jefferson, Widener of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Georgia State, Northern Kentucky and St. Mary's.

Also, South Texas, Connecticut, Cumberland, Campbell, Faulkner, Creighton, Widener of Delaware, Wisconsin, Akron, Thomas Cooley, Michigan State, American University, Catholic University, and the host University of Buffalo.