|News from The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program||December 2013|
Trial Advocacy Program Launches Litigation Skills Institute:
July 13-28, 2013
The Trial Advocacy Program at American University Washington College of Law is offering a Litigation Skills Summer Institute designed for both practitioners and qualified law students interested in mastering litigation skills.The program features rigorous training in pre-trial and trial skills and is designed for attorneys wanting to sharpen their skills and students wanting an extra advantage in this competitive job market. The two-week intensive program consists of three courses and a cutting-edge Digital Evidence Presentations Workshop. Courses will be offered on nights and weekends and participants may take one, two, or all offerings. Academic credit is available for law students and CLE credit is available for practitioners. Online applications are now being accepted.
First Place Win at the Estrella Mock Trial Competition
The WCL team of Ryan Fanning (2L), Sarah Thomas (3L), Rachael Curtis (2L) and Ellis Palividas (3L) (left to right in photograph) took first place at the Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition co-hosted by the George Washington University Law School and the Estrella law firm in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The students competed against teams from University of California at Los Angeles, University of Missouri at Kansas City, Fordham University, and St. John's University during the rounds. The team was coached by Elizabeth Boals, Associate Director of the Trial Advocacy Program, and Elizabeth Lippy, Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program.
A Passion for Justice: An Encounter with Clarence Darrow
The Trial Advocacy Program hosted a one-actor show performed by Paul Morella entitled "A Passion for Justice: an Encounter with Clarence Darrow." Clarence Darrow is one of the most revered and well-known American trial lawyers. The show brought to life some of Darrow's most sensational cases such as the Scopes "Monkey Trial" and the Leopold-Loeb murder case and provided a glimpse into the life of a man The Legal Times called "The Most Influential Lawyer of the 20th Century."
Fifth Annual Capitol City Challenge Incorporates a Jury Voir Dire
The American University, Washington College of Law Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program and Mock Trial Honor Society hosted the Fifth Annual Capitol City Challenge on February 28 - March 3, 2013, at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Unlike any other mock trial competition, the final round was preceded by a jury panel voir dire during which the final teams selected their panel of scoring judges. The competition featured a criminal case problem and access to modern courthouse technology. Eighteen of the nation's top trial advocacy schools competed in this year's competition.
Trial Advocacy Program Contact Information:
David E. Aaronson, Director - email@example.com; (202)274-4201
Elizabeth I. Boals, Assoc. Director - firstname.lastname@example.org; (202)274-4073
Elizabeth L. Lippy, Asst. Director - email@example.com; (202)274-4145
Kimberley Green, Program Coord. - firstname.lastname@example.org; (202)274-4258
Tahniat Saulat, LL.M. Coord. - email@example.com; (202)274-4474
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Advocacy LL.M. Highlights
The Master of Laws in Advocacy (Advocacy LL.M. Program) is experiencing remarkable growth. The Program combines a rigorous academic component and a breadth of practical litigation training. We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2013 semester.
Our graduating class of LL.M. students have successfully found employment at many different offices such as the Office of Attorney General in Washington, D.C., the Commonwealth Attorney's office in Kentucky, and the Public Defender's Office in Nashville, Tennessee.
New Certificate Program in Criminal and Civil Advocacy
The Trial Advocacy Program now offers a Certificate Program for practitioners who would like to enhance their litigation skills through enrollment in a variety of WCL courses without seeking an LL.M. degree. In order to receive a Certificate, students must successfully complete 12 credits of specialized study either in criminal or civil advocacy. Credits earned in the Certificate Program may be applied towards an LL.M. degree.
New Staff Hire
The Trial Advocacy Program is proud to announce the hiring of Tahniat Saulat who will serve as the Advocacy LL.M. and Litigation Skills Institute Coordinator. She joins us after working three years as a Recruiting and Admissions Manager for the LL.M. in Finance for Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.
Mock Trial Updates
The Mock Trial Honor Society had another successful semester with two teams advancing to the semi-finals in the regional competition of the National Trial Competition. Student competitors were Kyle O'Grady (2L), Allison Heldreth (3L), Yuki Hariguchi (3L), and Sheilee Diwanji (3L).
Recent successes also include a second place finish at the Fordham University Law School Mock Trial Competition and an octo-final finish at the Buffalo-Niagara Trial Advocacy Competition.