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First-Time Appearance in Prestigious National Trial Competition Nets Third Place

CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2005 Loyola University Chicago’s Philip H. Corboy Fellows recently placed third in the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Tournament of Champions, the premier trial advocacy competition in the county.
The NITA tournament was held October 26th – 30th, in Akron, Ohio, and was an invite only competition. Taking part in the contest for the first time, Loyola’s Corboy team was one of the top 16 teams from across the nation who was invited to participate in this year’s tournament. Invitations to NITA are based upon the law school’s success over the past three years in various trial advocacy competitions. In route to its third-place finish, the Corboy team defeated rivals, Saint John’s U. School of Law, Suffolk University Law School, University of Houston Law Center and Loyola Law School-Los Angeles.

“Loyola’s team was all the buzz at the competition,” commented James Carey, J.D., Loyola professor, School of Law and head of Loyola’s advocacy program. “We have never been invited to compete in this national competition before, and I’m sure that none of the other teams considered us contenders. As the only law school from Illinois, it was great to come away with such a prestigious win for Chicago. This ranking is truly a testament to Loyola’s approach in preparing future trial lawyers.”

The Philip H. Corboy Fellowship Program in Trial Advocacy is an intensive training in trial advocacy for ten students who are chosen annually as Corboy Fellows. The Fellows serve as members of Loyola’s teams in various inter-school mock trial competitions. Both first- and second-year students are eligible to compete for the Fellowships, which carry a financial stipend and academic credit for each semester of student participation. Loyola Law School alum, Philip H. Corboy (’49), founding partner of the Chicago firm of Corboy and Demetrio, created the Philip H. Corboy Fellows program at Loyola in 1995 to support those students who plan to pursue careers as trial lawyers. Each spring, nearly 100 interested students audition to be a Fellow by conducting a cross examination and giving a brief closing argument based on the cross.

About the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) – Loyola serves as the Midwest regional headquarters for NITA. The Midwest Regional Trial Advocacy Program and the Midwest Regional Deposition Training Programs are among NITA’s largest, each enrolling nearly one hundred students and involving 50 to 60 lawyers and judges as teachers. NITA, a not-for-profit continuing education institution, trains working lawyers worldwide in courtroom skills, from improving direct examination techniques to creating more effective courtroom exhibits. Loyola law students are given an opportunity to interact with lawyers who come to Loyola to participate in NITA’s trial advocacy programs.

About Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Advocacy
Loyola’s Center for Advocacy brings together and advances the School of Law’s curriculum, programs, student activities and other initiatives to prepare students for successful careers in trial advocacy. Throughout its history, Loyola has been known to produce superb trial lawyers, as the last 50 years especially have seen Loyola trial lawyers rise to preeminence in the Chicago and Midwest trial bar. Adding to that, with the increasing geographic diversity of Loyola’s student body, this reputation has become national.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students, which includes 9,000 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign countries. The university has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies and social work. Loyola offers 66 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees and 36 doctoral degrees and 3 professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.

*2005 Corboy Fellows who placed third in NITA Tournament of Champions:
Givonna Long
April Gonzales
Benjeman Nichols
Crystal Lee




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