Each year, the American Assocition for Justice Law Student Members have the opportunity to participate in AAJ’s annual National Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC), the nation’s premierUniversity of Notre Dame School of Law mock trial competition. The winning team receives complimentary airfare, hotel accommodation, and registration for AAJ’s Annual Convention. Each team member also receives a $2,000 Stanley Preiser Law Student Award for Trial Advocacy sponsored by the Melvin M. Belli Society and tickets to the Belli Society black tie dinner, held during AAJ’s Annual Convention.

In 2013, the winning mock trial team was from University of Notre Dame School of Law. As a past president of the Melvin M. Belli Society and the Scholarship Chairperson, Michael Maggiano had the honor of presenting the award to the team.


The Notre Dame team members consisted of Sheila Prendergast, Michelle Pope, Brian Salvi, Kristian Weir.

The Notre Dame team with their coach, Joel Williams. Also pictured is Monty Preiser, John Hill, Co Chair Eric Romano, current President Wayne Parsons, and Michael Maggiano.