Anthony Sam, a third-year student at The John Marshall Law School, won first place at the Animal Law Advocacy Closing Argument Competition at Harvard Law School on Feb. 26. This
is his second first-place win at this competition, and the fifth first-place win for students from the Chicago law school. The law school first won the national title in 2008. In 2009, two John arshall students competed in the final round and each was awarded first place after three tie-breaker rounds. In 2010, Sam won the first place award and this year he repeated his success.
Sam and third-year student Steve Tschiggfrie represented John Marshall at this year’s two-day competition. They were among the 16 competitors in the preliminary round. Sam advanced
to the second round as one of four finalists. Sam argued a case of animal cruelty against a man who was charged with killing a woman’s pets in retribution for making his sexual advances
In the final round, Sam represented the defendant. He said the final round is a very fast- paced bench trial, with the judges interrupting with questions. Sam, who hopes to become a trial attorney, said the competition win was a wonderful culmination of weeks of practice.
Sam and Tschiggfrie were coached by Professor Susann MacLachlan and alumnus David Lipschutz, a 2009 co-winner. “They put a lot of work and heart and soul into this competition,
and I know my win was possible because of them,” Sam said.
Alumnus Mark Pedowitz (JD ‘78) sponsors the team. “The law school, the teams and I are all very grateful to Mark Pedowitz for both his financial support and his dedication to the advancement of animal welfare through the law,” said MacLachlan.