Loyola Takes Top National Honors at Tournament of Champions

Philip H. Corboy fellows place first at National Board of Trial Advocacy competition

Loyola’s Philip H. Corboy Fellows in Trial Advocacy took first place in the highly competitive 2019 Tournament of Champions, sponsored by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Hosted by American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., from October 24-26, the tournament was held at the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse.

The team, consisting of Brian Baloun, Miya Saint-Louis, Joseph Tennial, and Madeline Beck, competed in six rounds as student advocates and witnesses against some of the country’s premier trial teams.

On the opening day, Loyola finished with a 1-1 record after a close loss to Drexel University School of Law and a win against crosstown rival Chicago-Kent College of Law. The following day, Loyola qualified for the semifinal round after back-to-back victories against Harvard Law School and Stetson University College of Law.

After competitors were pared down to four top teams, Loyola’s defense team, led by Beck and Tennial, took its second victory of the tournament against the number-one seed, Syracuse University College of Law. In the final round of the competition, Loyola’s prosecution team of Baloun and Saint-Louis followed suit with an outstanding performance and final victory over University of California Los Angeles School of Law. 

Loyola finished the tournament with a record of 5-1, winning 19 of the possible 22 ballots throughout the three-day tournament. For the first time in tournament history, two advocates from one team—Baloun and Saint-Louis—tied for the National Board of Trial Advocacy’s Best Advocate Award.

Amy Thompson, Corboy program director, headed a team of dedicated coaches including David DeSchepper (JD ’18), traveling coach; Nicole Gaudin (JD ’18); Patrick Grim (JD ’17); Demetria Hamilton (JD ’16); Hon. Al Maldonado; and Radiance Ward (JD ’07).

The tournament committee selects teams to participate in this prestigious competition based on past performance, compiling points from the National Trial Competition, co-sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers, as well as the Student Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the American Association of Justice.


competition teams at Loyola


ranked 15th in the nation for trial advocacy by U.S. News & World Report


The Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy supports a wide-ranging curriculum in trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, and dispute resolution. With over 100 students competing on advocacy teams each academic year and 200+ talented attorneys volunteering as coaches, see why Loyola graduates are among the most effective trial, appellate, and dispute resolution lawyers in Chicago and across the country. Learn More