Trial Strategy Team Wins National Competition

February 18, 2011

The Northwestern Law Bartlit Center for Trial Strategy team reached the final round by defeating teams from Indiana University, the University of Illinois and Loyola University Chicago. They defeated a team from Chicago-Kent College of Law in the final round in one of the oldest and most prestigious mock trial competitions in the United States.

The winning mock trial team included Northwestern Law students Clare Diegel JD ’12 and Karim Basaria JD ‘12. A second Northwestern team included Laura Babinski JD ‘11, Matthew Salerno JD ‘11 and Sara Whitaker JD ‘12, who were undefeated in the preliminary rounds, before losing in the semifinals by a single point.

In the Midwest Regional Finals, each trial involves opening and closing statements as well as direct and cross examinations of each of the four witnesses. The competition problem alternates between civil and criminal.

Claire and Karim will go on to compete for the National Trial Championship in Houston April 6 to 10. Each region sends two teams to the national finals in Texas. The other winning team in the Midwest region is from Chicago-Kent.

The team was coached by Richard Levin, Adam Riback, Ian Williams and Karen O’Malley, all of the Levin Riback Law Group.

This is the Law School’s sixth tournament championship in the last six years. Bartlit Center Trial teams have won the National Trial Competition three times, most recently in 2002, placing first and second in the competition.