Trial Team Advances to the 2014 National Trial Competition

The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program Co-hosted the Regional Tournament

The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program co-hosted the 2014 National Trial Competition Regional Tournament with Trial Advocacy Programs from the University of Maryland and Catholic University. This mock trial tournament, first held in 1975, is widely recognized as one of the two top U.S. law school mock trial competitions.

The tournament, held Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, consisted of 25 teams from 13 law schools in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, including Georgetown, George Washington, University of Maryland, University of Virginia, Washington and Lee, and William & Mary. Two teams from each of 14 regions will compete at the National Trial Competition March 26-30 in Austin, Texas.

For the first time, both of American University Washington College of Law's trial teams advanced to the final rounds. The AUWCL team of Kyle O’Grady (3L) and Corey Peterson (3L) won their final round and will represent AUWCL in the National Competition. (Pictured: Peterson and O'Grady with The Honorable Benson Everett Legg, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.) The AUWCL team of Rachael Curtis (3L) and Ryan Fanning (3L) also were finalists.

Each of the 25 participating teams had four full trial rounds and four teams competed in two simultaneous final rounds. Over 140 AUWCL students participated as witnesses in these mock trials and 150 practitioners and judges served as trial judges and evaluators.