Pritzker Law School team wins invitational trial competition

Elizabeth Byrne, Assistant Campus Editor

A team of Northwestern students from the Pritzker School of Law took first place at an invitational trial competition last weekend, the University announced Tuesday.

The Bartlit Center trial team went undefeated in the five-round Summit Cup tournament, beating teams from the law schools of Stetson University, Campbell University, Florida State University, American University and the University of California, Davis.

NU was invited to the tournament at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law because of its performance in competitions from the last academic year, according to the host’s website.

Law students Emily Halter, Brendan Gerdes, Garrett Fields and Argie Mina competed on the team. Fields and Gerdes were named the tournament’s two best advocates, according to the release.

“Emily, Argie, Brendan and Garrett are among the best students we have ever had on our trial teams, including our national champions in 2011 and 2017,” the team’s coach, Rick Levin, said in the release. “They are great students, great advocates and great people.”

Pritzker Prof. Steven Lubet, director of the Bartlit Center and advisor to the trial team, said though it is great to win, the “most meaningful reward” comes from skills students learn at the Center.

“Winning the Summit Cup was a terrific achievement for Rick Levin and our students, as it involved the 11 other schools with the best winning records from the past year,” Lubet said in the release. “Of course, the most meaningful reward comes from the life-long skills our students acquire in the Bartlit Center program, but it is always great to win.”

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