They Did It Again! Haub Law Advocacy Mock Trial Team Places First In Their Region In The AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition

March 17, 2022

For the second year in a row, one of Haub Law’s advocacy mock trial teams placed first in their region in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition held March 10-13th. With a region of law schools in the Northeast, Haub Law’s team rose above and competed in five rounds of competition ultimately defeating Syracuse in the final round, becoming the regional champions. Mattison Stewart (3L), Regina Rubino (3L), Kathryn Facelle (2L), and Michael McNally (2L), along with their trial technician, Angelo Spedafino (3L), and their fantastic and dedicated coaches (and alumni), AJ Muller, Esq. and Michael Luterzo, Esq. will be taking on the AAJ National Finals for the second year in a row on April 7-9th. With 160 teams that competed this weekend, only 20 moved on to the National Finals, including our hardworking team from Pace. We are so proud of their hard work and dedication to the Advocacy Program and we cannot wait to see them back in action next month at the National Finals!


Haub Law 3L and member of the winning mock trial team Mattison Stewart stated, “After placing as National Finalists last year at AAJ, overall placing 2nd out of 192 teams, our team was determined to win our region and advance to Nationals for the second year in a row. The dedication that this team has shown is admirable. We put in countless hours into preparation on our own, as a team, with our co-counsels, and during scrimmages. We push each other to be better advocates, perform better, and overall become better people. None of this would be possible without the guidance and support of our coaches, who are also both Haub Law alumni. Our fearless leader, AJ Muller, Esq., has provided us the support, guidance, and attention that we need to succeed. Additionally, our assistant coach, Mike Luterzo, Esq. has been incredibly helpful in preparing for regionals. I cannot wait for AAJ Nationals, where we plan on bringing home the trophy for our school!”

Director of Advocacy, Moot Court and Client Counseling programs, Professor Louis Fasulo, stated, “This represents the best of the best. The commitment, skill and confidence of these students exemplify the success of all our efforts. The tireless coaching effort by AJ and Mike really has made these students strong advocates. Most importantly Pace is recognized for our stellar program and committed efforts to give our students premier experiential learning opportunities. I am beyond proud.”

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University’s trial advocacy program was ranked #24 in the nation according to the 2022 U.S. News and World report rankings.

Learn more about our advocacy program.

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