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NIU Law Students Compete in Closing Argument Competition

Back row (from left): Alumni judges Kate Guensburg, Kristin Good and John Palmer. Front row (from left): champions Chelsea Selvey & Stephanie Wiggins and finalists Elizabeth Heckenast & Marjorie Kuda.

Back row (from left): Alumni judges Kate Guensburg ('14), Kristin Good ('13) and John Palmer ('03). Front row (from left): champions Chelsea Selvey & Stephanie Wiggins and finalists Elizabeth Heckenast & Marjorie Kuda.

The NIU College of Law Trial Advocacy Society held its fourth First Year Student Closing Argument Competition on Saturday, January 24, 2015 in the Riley Courtroom of Swen Parson Hall. After a grueling and exciting competition, Stephanie Wiggins won Best Prosecution and Chelsea Selvey achieved Best Defense. Marjorie Kuda was a Prosecution Finalist and Elizabeth Heckenast a Defense Finalist.

The 1L Closing Argument Competition provides first-year students an opportunity to apply the facts of a case to jury instructions and deliver a closing argument to a jury. It is intended as the first step for students who want to learn trial skills. Many will further develop their skills in the 2L Mock Trial Competition and later compete in external trial competitions, such as the National Trial Advocacy Competition and the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

Congratulations to all of the finalists and many thanks to the second and third-year students as well as practicing attorneys who volunteered their time to serve as jurors for the event.

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For more information, contact:
Melody Mitchell
Alumni Events & Public Relations
(815) 753-9655 or mmitchell@niu.edu

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