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WVU Law team qualifies for national ABA competition

WVU Law 2019 ABA Labor and Employment Trial Ad team
Left to right: Lauren Mahaney, Holly Netz, Michael Hicks, and Kenshandra Mitchell.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.—A team from WVU Law has advanced to the national round of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Trial Advocacy Competition.

Michael Hicks, Lauren Mahaney, Kenshandra Mitchell and Holly Netz, all third-year law students in WVU Law’s Marlyn E. Lugar Trial Association, recently competed in the competition’s regional round in New York City. They won three trials in a row to reach the regional final before falling to St. John’s University School of Law. 

As a New York finalist, WVU Law will now compete against seven other law schools in the national Labor and Employment Trial Advocacy Competition to be held in January in New Orleans.  

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“WVU Law students have such incredible opportunities to graduate with practice-ready skills, and Michael, Lauren, Kenshandra, and Holly have taken advantage of those opportunities and are already terrific advocates,” said Amy Cyphert, lecturer in law and advisor to Lugar Trial Association. “We are all proud of them and know they will impress those they meet at the national competition next month.”

The WVU Law team was coached by John Pizzo ’14 and Kevin Connoley ’17, attorneys in Steptoe & Johnson’s Bridgeport, West Virginia, office. 

WVU Law’s moot court program is supported, in part, by the law firm Bailey, Javins & Carter. 



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