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News from The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program April 2014

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 - daarons@wcl.american.edu; (202)274-4201

Elizabeth I. Boals, Assoc. Director - eboals@wcl.american.edu; (202)274-4073

Elizabeth L. Lippy, Asst. Director - elippy@wcl.american.edu; (202)274-4145

Kimberley Green, Program Coord. - ksgreen@wcl.american.edu; (202)274-4258

Tahniat Saulat, LL.M. Coord. - tsaulat@wcl.american.edu; (202)274-4474