SLS Team Wins AAJ Regional Tournament
March 2, 2009
Stanford Law School won the AAJ Regional Trial Advocacy Competition in Las Vegas, NV this weekend.
The program sent two squads to the qualifying tournament, which is organized by the American Association for Justice and featured sixteen teams from West Coast law schools arguing a civil case involving premises liability and a robbery/murder at a hotel.
Team "AAJ 1" -- captain Amanda Bonn (SLS '09), Samantha Bateman (SLS '10), Kyle Maurer (SLS '11), and Noah Sullivan (SLS '11) -- won the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record. They were the #1 seed after preliminary round victories against UCLA, South Dakota, and Arizona State. They then beat Barry University's squads in both the semifinals and finals to secure a bid to the national championship tournament in West Palm Beach, FL.
Additionally, Team "AAJ 2" -- captain Kevin Papay (SLS '10), Jennifer Cain (SLS '11), Marcos Rosales (SLS '09), and Libbey Van Pelt (SLS '11) earned the #3 seed after preliminary rounds, and lost narrowly in the semifinals to the Barry team AAJ 1 defeated in the finals.
With two teams in the semifinals and one team advancing, this marks the most successful year for SLS at the AAJ tournament to date.
The program would like to thank Todd Theodora for extensively coaching both teams, Alisha Beltramo ('09) and local attorney Ron Wecht for judging scrimmages, and Chidel Onuegbu for her (and SLS's) unflinching support.
SLS looks forward to representing the West Coast region at the national tournament in April.
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