Four members of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law Trial Team won the uber-prestigious Tournament of Champions sponsored by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, on Oct. 23.

3L Rachel Holt and 2L Philip Pasquarello were the team’s advocates, joined by 2Ls Brittany Green and Rachel Greenberg, who served as witnesses.

Pasquarello was named Best Advocate in the Final Round.

The team was coached by ’14 alumna Abbie Heller, Professor Jared Rosenblatt, associate director of the Trial Advocacy program, and Professor Gwen Roseman Stern, director of the Trial Advocacy program.

Among the most prestigious competitions in the U.S., the Tournament of Champions invites the nation’s 16 teams with the strongest track records in trial advocacy to take part.  The other schools invited this year were: Yale Law School, Syracuse University College of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law, Baylor Law School, University of Akron School of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago Kent College of Law, Washington University College of Law, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), University of Colorado School of Law, Stetson University College of Law, Samford University Cumberland School of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, California Western School of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and Harvard University School of Law.

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About the Tournament of Champions

In 1989, Professor Charles E. “Chuck” Kirkwood, of the University of Akron School of Law, hosted the first Tournament of Champions Trial Competition. He invited the best trial advocacy law schools in the nation. Invitations were based on performance over the years in two “open” student trial competitions: the National Trial Competition and the American Association for Justice (AAJ) National Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The tournament was informal and fun, with a focus on outstanding trial advocacy skills.

Today, the tournament is one of the premier law school trial competitions in the nation and is known for having the highest quality of congeniality and good sportsmanship. Each year, 16 schools are invited. The invitations are based on a three-year performance record at the National trial Competition and the AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, and performances at prior Tournament of Champions competition.