|News from The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program||December 2014|
The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program offers 37 sections of 17 Trial Advocacy courses to over 450 students annually. Each section is taught by two instructors in a learning-by-doing format to maximize student mastery of trial skills.
Mock Trial Team Advances to the 2014 National Trial Competition
The Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program co-hosted the 2014 National Trial Competition Regional Tournament January 31 - February 2, 2014. Participants included 25 teams from 13 law schools from D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Both of American University Washington College of Law's (AUWCL) mock trial teams advanced to the regional final rounds. The AUWCL team of Kyle O'Grady (3L) and Corey Peterson (3L) won their round and represented AUWCL in the National Trial Competition March 27 - 30, 2014.
Digital Evidence Workshop Among Cutting-Edge Course Offerings in the Summer Litigation Skills Summer Institute
July 7-20, 2014
AUWCL will host its annual Litigation Skills Summer Institute (LSSI) from July 7-20, 2014. The two week intensive program consists of four courses: Fact Witness Deposition, Expert Witness Deposition, Civil Trial Advocacy, and Litigating in a High Tech Courtroom. Participants may take one, two, or all of the courses. Classes are held in the evening and on the weekends, to accommodate the schedules of full-time students and working professionals alike. CLE credit is available for participating practitioners. Online applications are now being accepted.
Capitol City Challenge Celebrates Its Sixth Year
The AUWCL Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program and Mock Trial Honor Society proudly held the the Sixth Annual Capitol City Challenge on February 27 - March 2, 2014,at AUWCL and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The competition featured a civil case problem and access to modern courthouse technology. Twenty teams from across the nation participated.
Professor Lippy Publishes a Casefile Focused on Social Media
Professor Elizabeth Lippy , Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at AUWCL, published a case file entitled Evans v. Washingtonia State University. The casefile features a civil negligence case arising from alleged cyberbullying in a university setting. It includes Facebook, email, and text messaging evidence to help lawyers and law students understand the impact of and presence of social media and digital evidence in litigation.
Named Benefactor Speaks to Students at AUWCL
On April 1, 2014, the Program’s benefactor, Stephen “Skippy” Weinstein (WCL ’65) discussed his experiences with litigation. In doing so, he shared riveting tales from his own career and practice to help students prepare for practice and gain employment after graduation. Listen to his presentation.
Weinstein 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
Kimberly Green, Program Coord. - firstname.lastname@example.org; (202)274-4258
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Advocacy LL.M. Program Accepting Applications
The Master of Laws in Advocacy (Advocacy LL.M. Program) and Certificate Program at American University Washington College of Law, administered by the law school's Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program, combines a rigorous academic component and a breadth of practical litigation training. The Program offers an array of courses, externships, and opportunities to pursue legal scholarship and gain teaching experience.
The Advocacy LL.M. is designed to provide students maximum flexibility. Program participants may select an individualized curriculum from a list of 17 core trial advocacy courses and 35 litigation-based courses. Courses may be taken in the evening on a full or part-time basis.
Online Applications now being accepted for Fall, 2014 and Spring, 2015 semesters. Scholarship assistance is available. For more information, contact Tahniat Saulat.
Mock Trial Updates
The Mock Trial Honor Society had another successful spring semester with two team finalists and a win at the regional National Trial Competition.
AUWCL Mock Trial was a semi-finalist in this year's regional competition of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The region included 25 teams.
Maya Kushner (3L) received an individual award for Best Cross Examination at the Kelly Invitational Trial Competition hosted by Fordham Law School.
Faculty Awards and Recognition
Adjuct faculty member Audrey Creighton was appointed to the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Maryland on February 24, 2014. Judge Creighton previously served on the District Court for Montgomery County for 4 years.