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The Stephen S. Weinstein Advocacy Program (previously the “Trial Advocacy Program”) has a new name to match our longstanding, broad commitment to train students in all forms of legal advocacy, including trial and appellate litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and transactional negotiations. The Advocacy Program is currently ranked 4th nationally by U.S. News and World Report and has been one of the ten best advocacy programs since 2012.

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Stephen S. Weinstein Advocacy Program to Attend Esteemed National Competitions

Stephen S. Weinstein Advocacy Program to Attend Esteemed National Competitions

June 29, 2020

American University Washington College of Law is proud to announce that the Stephen S. Weinstein Advocacy Program’s Mock Trial Honor Society (MTHS) and Moot Court Honor Society (MCHS) have been invited to compete in a two prestigious national competitions for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Advocacy Program Seeks Associate Director for Training and Advocacy Competitions

Advocacy Program Seeks Associate Director for Training and Advocacy Competitions

June 23, 2020

The Stephen S. Weinstein Advocacy Program is currently seeking candidates for the Associate Director for Training and Advocacy Competitions position to be the architect of hosted student competitions for the program.

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AUWCL Excels at Recent Trial Competitions

AUWCL Excels at Recent Trial Competitions

Feb. 24, 2020

Three teams from American University Washington College of Law's nationally ranked Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program excelled this weekend at regional and national competitions.

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American University Washington College of Law's Jessup Moot Court Team Advances to Round 16 of International Competition

American University Washington College of Law's Jessup Moot Court Team Advances to Round 16 of International Competition

After winning the Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, American University Washington College of Law competed in the international round, advancing to the round of 16 in the global competition.

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AUWCL Trial Advocacy Program Once Again Ranked Among Top 10 Programs in the Nation

AUWCL Trial Advocacy Program Once Again Ranked Among Top 10 Programs in the Nation

"The Trial Advocacy Program is proud to consistently rank among the top ten of the nation’s best trial advocacy programs. We dedicate our time and energy to make sure that AUWCL graduates excel in the practical skills necessary to win cases, whether it be in a courtroom, an arbitration, mediation, or other arenas that require excellence in advocacy.” - Liz Lippy, Assistant Director, Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program

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AUWCL Trial Advocacy Team Places Second at the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition

AUWCL Trial Advocacy Team Places Second at the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition

March 13, 2018

American University Washington College of Law wins second place at the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition hosted by John Marshall Law School. The team consisted of 3Ls Kristopher Vicencio, Natalie Selzer, Nicole Huffman and Larissa Zavarelli (pictured below from left to right). They were coached by Zac Ista (WCL ‘12, Associate Chief Counsel at ICE) and LisaMarie Freitas (Office of the D.C. Inspector General).

American University Washington College of Law's Jessup Moot Court Team Wins Mid-Atlantic Super Regional Competition

American University Washington College of Law's Jessup Moot Court Team Wins Mid-Atlantic Super Regional Competition

American University Washington College of Law, represented by 3Ls HJ Brehmer and Cynthia Park, and 2Ls Katherine Youssouf and Hannah Stambaugh, won the Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition held Feb. 9-11 at George Washington University. The team defeated West Virginia University in the quarter-finals, Harvard in the semi-finals, and the University of Virginia in the final round.

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Holds Oral Arguments at AUWCL

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Holds Oral Arguments at AUWCL

For three hours on Thursday, Jan. 25, American University Washington College of Law’s Grossman Hall became home base for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as oral arguments in two cases were presented before a three judge panel.

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Trial Advocacy Program Prepares for Busy Spring

Trial Advocacy Program Prepares for Busy Spring

The American University Washington College of Law Trial Advocacy Program, ranked 4th in the nation, is gearing up for a busy spring semester of events and competitions, for both AUWCL students and teams from schools around the country. The Program, which offers 22 specialized trial advocacy courses to more than 450 students each year, is hosting a competition sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers here Feb. 9-11, and their 10th Annual Capital City Challenge Mock Trial Competition March 2-4.

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The Capitol City Challenge

The Capitol City Challenge

March 2 - March 5, 2017

The American University, Washington College of Law Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program and Mock Trial Honor Society proudly announce the Ninth Annual Capitol City Challenge.

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