Trial team advances to National Ethics Trial Competition semi-finals; Nicholas Romano ’13 wins Best Overall Advocate Award

Right to left: Michael Daumen ‘74, Erin Kulesus ‘13, Stephen Earnhart ‘14, Christine O'Connell ‘14, Nicholas Romano ‘13, and Diane Lavallee ‘83.

Published June 19, 2014

SUNY Buffalo Law School’s trial team made a strong showing at this year’s National Ethics Trial Competition held in Sacramento, California, over the weekend of March 15 to 17, 2013. The team consisting of Nicholas A. Romano '13, Erin A. Kulesus ‘13, Stephen Charles Earnhart '14 and Christine O'Connell ‘14 advanced to the semi-finals. Romano won the Best Overall Advocate Award.

The coaches for this year’s team were Mike Daumen ‘74 and Diane LaVallee ‘83.

Hosted by Pacific McGeorge Law School, the National Ethics Trial Competition was established in 2006 to promote ethical and civility awareness through the mock trial competition format. The competition features both an ethical component in the issues to be tried and scoring based on the participants' observation of ethical and civility principles.

Other Trial Team competition award winners this year include Aaron M. Saykin '13 for Best Advocate at the Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition, Cathleen M. Roemer '13 for Best Advocate at the National Trial Competition New York State Regionals, and Carrie Anne Zimbardi ‘14 for Best Direct at the Florida State University College of Law National Mock Trial Competition.