John B. Stewart, Attorney at Law
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Of the firm Murphy & Manitsas, LLP
Springfield, MA
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November 2009

I am again coaching the Trial Team at Western New England College School of Law. This is part of a 2010 National Trial Competition sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Four 3rd year WNEC law students will participate in a regional competition with other New England law schools in mid-February. Four 2nd year students were selected in September to be understudies and to learn the role they will fulfill next year as trial participants. With luck this year's team will advance to the National finals in Texas in March. The case information was released in late-November, but preparations in earnest and practice trials will not begin until after New Years. The problem this year will be a Civil case (last year was a Criminal case), trying the issue of whether life insurance proceeds are due for a gunshot fatality. The students will try the entire case, meaning opening statements, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, motions in limine, side-bar arguments on evidence issues, and closing arguments

John B. Stewart, Attorney at Law, Of the firm Murphy & Manitsas, LLP
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