Wednesday, February 14, 2018
National trial competition

The team of UNH Law students Allie Pash and Kolbie McCabe advanced to the national finals of the National Trial Competition, to be held in Austin, Texas in April, after defeating Maine in the regional final of the competition during the weekend of Feb. 10.

The UNH Law team of Kelly Karnan and Addison Spriggs also took part in the competition, earning a victory in one of three preliminary rounds and losing two others on very close ballots.

The National Trial Competition is the largest moot court or trial competition for law schools in the country, with more than 200 schools participating. The Boston region included teams from Harvard, Yale, UConn, BU, BC, Northeastern, Maine, Vermont, Suffolk, and others.

The team of Pash and McCabe won two of three preliminary rounds and defeated Yale (to whom they had lost in the prelims) in the semifinals, earning a spot in the battle with Maine. Pash and McCabe won that contest, 2-1, to advance to the national finals. The victory marks the third time in the last six years that UNH law has won the regionals.

The UNH Law team was coached by Kymme Myers and Shea Sennett, both alums of UNH Law and veterans of the competition themselves. Myers took over as lead coach for the first time following the retirement of Jackie Colburn – also a UNH Law alum – after 21 years in the position. Colburn was honored by the region this year with the creation of a new trophy, the Colburn Cup, which is given to the best advocate.