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2019 Otto Cipolla Closing Argument Competition

April 15, 2019 | On Friday, April 12, students, staff, and visiting families filed into the Caruso Auditorium for the Otto Cipolla Closing Argument Competition–a beloved annual tradition that allows students with an interest in trial advocacy the chance to compete for a place on Pepperdine's trial advocacy teams as well as cash prizes. This year's finalists all presented creative and compelling arguments, and the hours of preparation and hard work were evident to all in attendance.

Tyler Harris presents his closing argument

This year's finalists and winners are:

1st place: Zack Carstens
2nd place: Tyler Harris
3rd place (tie): Kelly Vollmer and Joshua Upham
4th place: David McNeill

Kelly Volmer argues at Friday's competition

We are grateful for Mr. Cipolla's continued support of the law school's trial advocacy program. For more information about Pepperdine Law's award-winning trial advocacy program, please contact Professor Harry Caldwell.