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NIU Law Holds Closing Argument Competition

The 1L Closing Argument Competition finalists: Jesse Guth (Prosecution Champion), Shantae Stevenson (Prosecution Finalist), Alyssa Freeman (Defense Finalist), Alton Bradley (Defense Champion)

From left: Jesse Guth, Shantae Stevenson, Alyssa Freeman, & Alton Bradley.

The NIU College of Law Trial Advocacy Society held its third annual First Year Student Closing Argument Competition on Saturday, February 2, 2013.  After an excellent competition, Jesse Guth won Best Prosecution and Alton Bradley achieved Best Defense.  Shantae Stevenson was a Prosecution Finalist and Alyssa Freeman a Defense Finalist.

The 1L Closing Argument Competition provides first-year students an opportunity to apply the facts of a case to jury instructions and deliver a closing argument to a jury. It is intended as the first step for students who want to learn trial skills. Many will further develop their skills in the 2L Mock Trial Competition and later compete in external trial competitions, such as the National Trial Advocacy Competition and the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

Congratulations to all of the finalists and many thanks to the second and third-year students as well as practicing attorneys who volunteered their time to serve as jurors for the event.

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For more information, contact:
Melody Mitchell
Alumni Events & Public Relations
(815) 753-9655 or mmitchell@niu.edu