Results from Last Year's Challenge
Temple University (champion/left) and University of Connecticut (finalist/right) with the 2012 Capitol City Challenge final round presiding judge, the Honorable Erik P. Christian.
The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program and the WCL Mock Trial Honor Society hosted the Fourth Annual Capitol City Challenge Mock Trial Competition at the District of Columbia Superior Court on March 29 - April 1, 2012.
The competitors were evaluated and critiqued by approximately 50 experienced federal and state prosecutors, public defenders, and private practice attorneys. The judges for the final round were Judge Erik P. Christian, former Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Superior Court and WCL Trial Advocacy Program adjunct professor, Katherine Winfree, Maryland's Deputy Attorney General and WCL Trial Advocacy program adjunct professor, Jessica Waters, American University Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice, Law, and Society and former litigator at WilmerHale, and Gregory Hillyer, partner at Feldman Gale.
Temple Law School's team defeated University of Connecticut Law School's team in the final round. The "Best Advocate" award in the final round was presented to Anthony Coccerino from Temple. The "Best Plantiff Advocate" award was presented to Gia Conti from The John Marshall Law School, and the "Best Defense Advocate" award was presented to Sally Sullivan from the University of Virginia School of Law. Competition semi-finalists were teams from the University of Virginia School of Law and New York University School of Law.