Frank Gulino served as Regional Coordinator as Hofstra Law hosted the Region 2 Rounds of the National Trial Competition (NTC) last week. The NTC is one of the oldest and most prestigious mock trial competitions in the United States. The competition is co-sponsored nationally by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) sponsors the Region 2 tournament.
This year, Hofstra Law served as the host law school for the Region 2 tournament, in which 18 teams from nine New York State law schools competed for the chance to go to the NTC championship rounds, which will be held in Austin, Texas, in March. (The top two teams from each of 14 regional tournaments advance to the national championship rounds.) The Region 2 trials, overseen by Professor Gulino together with NYSBA representative Kevin Kuehner, were held February 9-11, 2012, at the State Supreme Court in Mineola.
Of the nine schools competing in the region this year, Hofstra Law was the only school to have both its teams reach the regional finals. One of the Hofstra teams won its final trial, presided over by U.S. District Judge John Gleeson, defeating a team from Fordham to become co-champion of Region 2. That team, consisting of Laura Kitchen 3L, Kaitlyn Flynn 1L and George Michel 2L, will now compete for the NTC national championship in Texas. Hofstra’s team of Michael Rubin 3L, Philip Nash 2L and Jana McNulty 1L competed in the other final trial, presided over by Acting Justice Ann Donnelly of New York State Supreme Court, Bronx County. A team from St. John’s won that trial to repeat as regional co-champion.
At an awards banquet held on February 10 at Domus, home of the Nassau County Bar Association, two Hofstra students won three of four awards for individual advocacy through the competition’s preliminary rounds. Kaitlyn Flynn 1L won the award for Best Opening Statement and Laura Kitchen 3L won awards for both Best Direct Examination and Best Cross Examination. Brendan Alt, a student from Pace Law School, won the award for Best Closing Statement.