Mock Trial Honor Society Fields Teams for 14 Trial Competitions

The Mock Trial Honor Society at American University Washington College of Law fielded teams for 14 trial competitions this year. Read some of the highlights from the competitions below:

- The AUWCL Trial Advocacy Program hosted the Sixth Annual Capitol City Challenge Mock Trial Competition (CCC) (pictured above) on Feb. 27 - March 2, 2014.  Twenty law schools from across the nation participated in the CCC. The competition included six full trial rounds of competition held at AUWCL and D.C. Superior Court.  Over 120 experienced federal and state judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and private practice attorneys served as evaluators.

- For the first time in AUWCL history, both of teams advanced to the final rounds of National Trial Competition Regional Tournament.  The AUWCL team of Rachael Curtis (3L) and Ryan Fanning (3L) were finalists.  The AUWCL team of Kyle O’Grady (3L) and Corey Peterson (3L) won their final round and represented the law school in the National Competition in Austin, Texas.

- At the Bernie Segal Criminal Mock Trial Competition at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California Ryan Fanning (3L) and Rachel Curtis (3L) both received awards for “perfect scores.”

- At the Peter James Johnson Civil Rights Competition at St John’s University the AUWCL trial team advanced to the quarterfinals.

- At the Buffalo-Niagara Invitational at SUNY the AUWCL team advanced to the quarterfinals and Kristin Gualano (3L) won the award for Best Cross Examination.

- At the Lone Star Classic in San Antonio, Texas, Amy Gordon (3L) received the award for Best Closing Argument.

- At the Judge Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition at Fordham, New York, Maya Kushner (3L) received the award for Best Cross Examination.

- At the American Association for Justice Regional Trial Competition the AUWCL trial team advanced to the semifinals.

- The AUWCL Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program co-hosted the National Trial Competition Regional Tournament with University of Maryland and Catholic University on Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2014 at AUWCL.  The Regional Tournament consisted of four full trial rounds with two simultaneous final rounds.  The two winners from the final rounds advance to the National Trial Competition.  Twenty-five teams from thirteen law schools from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia competed in the tournament.  Over 140 AUWCL law students participated as witnesses and 150 practitioners and judges served as evaluators.