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Philip H. Corboy Fellowship Program in Trial Advocacy

The Philip H. Corboy Fellowship Program in Trial Advocacy provides intensive training in trial advocacy to the ten students who are chosen annually as Corboy Fellows. The Fellows serve as members of Loyola's teams in various inter-school mock trial competitions and are selected by Professor James P. Carey and Adjunct Professor Judge Thomas M. Donnelly, along with the coaches of the mock trial teams. Both first- and second-year students are eligible to compete for the Fellowships, which carry a financial stipend for each semester of student participation.



Philip H. Corboy was the founding partner of the Chicago firm of Corboy & Demetrio and a 1949 graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Mr. Corboy was widely recognized as one of the greatest trial lawyers of his generation. In 1995, he created the Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in Trial Advocacy program at Loyola to support those students who plan to pursue careers as trail lawyers. As a result of this exceptional program, nearly 100 Loyola law students have received scholarship assistance in addition to some of the best advocacy training in the country. Mr. Corboy's leadership and generosity have been instrumental in enabling Loyola to maintain its reputation for educating leading trial lawyers. Listing of Current and Former Corboy Fellows (PDF)



(From left to right) Catherine Merrill, Stephen Kienzle, Samantha Lemke, Kyle Flynn, 
Diana Staisiunas,  Dave Rivelli, Kaitlin Sheehan, Mike Ditore, 
Kristen Zeman, and Matt Anderson


Annually, ten talented first- and second-year Loyola students are selected to receive special advocacy training through the prestigious Corboy Fellows program.  Students who are chosen to join the Corboy team receive academic credit for each semester of participation, and are awarded $4,000 in scholarship assistance for each year of participation. The team is chosen at the end of the spring semester by a panel of distinguished trial lawyers during an intensive two-day selection process.  Students are evaluated on their abilities to perform opening statements, cross examinations, objections, and closing arguments.


The Corboy Fellows represent Loyola University Chicago School of Law in several highly competitive inter-school mock trial competitions throughout the academic year. Typically, three competitions are held in the fall semester, and two in the winter semester.  In preparation for the competitions, the team is immersed in an extensive and rigorous three-week training session during the summer.  Some of Loyola's most prominent graduates - Dan Webb (JD '70), Winston & Strawn; Phil Corboy (JD '49), Corboy & Demetrio; The Honorable Gino DiVito (LLB '63), Tabet DiVito & Rothstein; Todd Smith (JD '76), Powers Roger & Smith; and Lorna Propes(JD '75), Propes & Kaveney - participate in the team's trial advocacy training and instruction.

During the academic year, the team spends hundred of hours working with coaches preparing for competitions.  Regular practice sessions are held three hours a day, four nights each week, and Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Public defenders, state's attorneys, U.S. attorneys and civil trial lawyers donate their time, expertise, and experience to providing Loyola's top advocacy students with the best one-on-one training available.  As a result, the graduates of this exceptional program are among the leading young trial lawyers in Chicago and in the country.


In the first year of the Corboy Fellows program, Loyola University Chicago School of Law won the National Trial Competition.  Since the program's inception, Loyola has won the ATLA region competition five times; participated as an invited guest in the exclusive NITA Tournament of Champions three times; and has been consistently ranked among the top 16 teams in the country.  In addition, Loyola's Corboy Fellows have taken First Place in the National Trial Competition Regional, 2002-2004; First Place at the William Daniels Criminal Competition in Atlanta, 2003; and First Place at the NACDL Championship, 2005.

Record of Success (PDF)

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