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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 - 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

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