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A mock trial team from the University at Buffalo Law School beat 21 law schools from three states to win the National Trial Competition regionals last weekend in Buffalo. A UB team member was named the competition's top advocate.

The three-member Buffalo team advances to the national finals next month in Dallas, along with a team from the Syracuse University law school.

UB's victory over such law schools as Fordham, Yale and St. John's came Saturday, the same day as a mock trial team fund-raiser was held at the Connecticut Street Armory in honor of team coach Robert M. Murphy.

The party for Murphy, a noted trial lawyer suffering from brain and lung cancer, drew a crowd of more than 300 friends, lawyers and judges, and brought in $20,000, said Deborah Scott, an assistant dean at the law school.

City Judge Thomas P. Franczyk, another of the mock trial coaches, said the UB team's victory was especially satisfying because Murphy has been trying to best the Syracuse team for the last few years.

"It was sort of a modern-day win for the Gipper," Franczyk said.

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