The Capitol City Challenge

The American University Washington College of Law, Stephen S. Weinstein Advocacy Program and Mock Trial Honor Society are excited to host the Fourteenth Annual Capitol City Challenge, February 24-27, 2022. 
The competition will be hosted virtually by American University Washington College of Law.  This year, thirty schools from around the country will participate.  Schools participating in the 2022 competition are:  Georgetown, Howard, InterAmerican Puerto Rico, South Carolina, UCLA, Buffalo, Ohio Northern, Pacific McGeorge, Cumberland, South Texas, Stetson, Maryland, St. Mary’s, South Dakota, St. Thomas (FL), Fordham, Hofstra, UC Berkeley, Temple, Northwestern, Baylor, Houston, Georgia, Georgia State, Chapman, St. John’s, Denver, Golden Gate, Pace, and University of Illinois Chicago. 
In 2021, Georgetown defeated Howard University in the final round to win its third Capitol City Challenge title. Anissa Ash from Howard University was named best advocate in the final round. 
The competitors were evaluated and critiqued by judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and private practice attorneys over the course of three preliminary rounds. The top sixteen ranking teams then advanced onto the octo-final, quarter-final, semi-final, final round where experienced practitioners continued to evaluate their performance.  Judge Erik Christian of the D.C. Superior court presided over the final round.





  • Hostfra University
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Campbell University
  • UIC John Marshall
  • Temple University
  • St. John's University
  • Loyola Chicago University
  • Georgia State University


  • Fordham University
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Denver
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law


  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Drexel University, Kline School of Law


  • Howard University


  • Georgetown University


  • Anissa Ash, Howard University