2015 First Year Trial Advocacy Competition (FYTAC)!

Congratulations to our First Year Trial Advocacy Competition champion, Kara Simmons! We also want to congratulate our finalist competitor, Sam Escher! These two rocked their closing arguments. Finally, we want to again thank all the1Ls who competed. Every competitor did a great job!

2015 Spring Qualifying Tournament (SQT)!

February 21-22, 2015

SQT is the only way to join Mock Trial in the spring semester. Advocates will be given a short case file, from which they will prepare every part of the trial, including an opening statement, one direct examination, one cross examination, and a closing argument. Advocates will also be expected to handle evidence. If selected to advance to the second day of SQT, advocates will present their case with a co-counsel. Advocates will be allotted 30 minutes to present their case.

Please go to http://www.wcl.american.edu/org/mocktrial/sp_qual.cfm for more information and registration.


2015 Teams and Competitions!

National Trial Competition (NTC) (WASHINGTON, DC)  

Regional:                             February 6-7, 2015
National:                              March 11-15, 2015

Team: Annie Berry and Joey Kavanagh

Coaches: Jeremy Widder and Allison Heldreth

Team: Robby Nothdurft,Belgin Palaz, and Dominique Anglade

Coaches: Elizabeth Boals and Brenda Gonzalez


George Mason John C. Costello National Criminal Law Competition  (Arlington, VA)

Competition:                     February 5-8, 2015

Team: Brian Teets, Hurmayonne Morgan, and Vinay Sharma

Coaches: David Felson and Natalie Pye


Pacific McGeorge National Ethics Trial Competition (Sacramento, CA)

Competition:                     March 19-21, 2015

Team: Gabrielle Logaglio, Shehrish Rajpoot, Vanessa Jouvin, and Matt Sutton

Coaches: Jeff Wennar and Jack Korba


American Association for Justice (AAJ/STAC)  (Washington, DC)

Regional:                            March 19-22, 2015

National:                             April 16-19, 2015 (Pittsburg, PA)

Team: Julia Cosans, Justin Nemeroff, Alex Shear, and Janissia Orgill

Coaches:  Brittany Keil and Megan Whiteside


South Texas Challenge (Houston, TX)

Competition:                     March 25-29, 2015

Team: Montra Martin, Greg Evans, Stephen Ollar, and Deirdre Smith

Coaches:  Christina Hillyer and Aimee Ghosh


UMKC Show Me Challenge  (Kansas City, MO)

Competition:                     April 9-12, 2015

Team: Chris Esparza, Christin Mitchell, and Mansitan Sow

Coaches:  Bonnie Hoffman and Jasmin Mize



Please check our events page and Facebook page to see what training, activities, and social events we have coming up!


2014-2015 Team Accomplishments

WCL Mock Trial National Trial Competition (NTC) Teams Sweep Regionals to Move on the Final, National Rounds, March 11-15 in Texas!

Congratulations to our teams who competed in TYLA's National Trial Competition! Both teams advance to the national finals!

Team 1: Annie Berry & Joey Kavanagh

Team 2: Robby Nothdurft, Dominique Anglade, & Belgin Palaz!

Special congratulations to Robby and Annie who both won Best Advocate in their brackets!

WCL Mock Trial Team Advances to Final Competition Round at Golden Gate University, After Winning DC Round-Robin!

Golden Gate University Competition held October 23-26, 2014. Congratulations to competitors Belgin Palaz (2L), Justin Nemeroff (2L), Julia Cosans (3L), & Rebecca Zimmer (3L), coached by Christina Hillyer and Aimee Ghosh. Personal congratulations to Justin Nemeroff, who won an individual award in the competition!

Special recognition to Julia Cosans and Belgin Palaz who received honors for best advocates among a select few in the round-robin competition, held October 4-5, 2014.

WCL Mock Trial Team Advances to Final Round at Fordham Competition!

Congratulations to competitors Joey Kavanagh (3L) and Annie Berry (3L), coached by Liz Boals and Brenda Gonzalez.

Special thanks to all coaches and mooters who dedicated their time to these teams and members!

2013-2014 Team Accomplishments

WCL Mock Trial Advances Two Teams to the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition (NTC) Regional Trial Competition Finals!

Congratulations to Rachael Curtis (3L) and Ryan Fanning (3L) who were finalists at the NTC Regionals and Kyle O'Grady (3L) and Corey Peterson (3L) who were champions of this year's NTC Regionals! Rachel and Ryan were coached by Elizabeth Lippy and Elizabeth Boals. Kyle and Corey were coached by Jeremy Widder and Allison Heldreth. As champions of the Regional Trial Competition, Kyle and Corey will be representing WCL at the National Competition in March!

WCL Mock Trial Advances to Knockout Round at Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition!

Congratulations to Sean Fitzgerald (3L), Kristin Gualano (3L), CJ Bergin (3L), and Julia Cosans (2L) who placed in the top 20 teams at the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition held November 7-10, 2013. Special congratulations go to Kristin Gualano who won "Best Cross Examination" in a preliminary round. The WCL team was coached by Brittany Keil and Megan McCarthy.

WCL Mock Trial Makes Quarter-Finals at National Civil Rights Competition (NCRC)!

Congratulations to Julie Bindelglass (3L), Christin Mitchell (2L), Christiane Cannon (3L), and Robert Nothdurft Jr. (2L) who advanced to the quarter-final round of the Peter James Johnson '49 National Civil Rights Trial Competition held October 24-27, 2013. The WCL team was coached by Jeffrey Wennar and Aimee Ghosh.

WCL Student Receives Best Summation Prize at Lone Star Classic!

Congratulations to Amy Gordon who won the Best Summation prize at the Lone Star Classic: National Mock Trial Tournament held October 17-19, 2013. Amy was coached by Jeremy Widder and Brenda Gonzalez.

Two WCL Students Receive Perfect Scores at Golden Gate University!

Congratulations to Rachel Curtis (3L) and Ryan Fanning (3L) who received perfect scores at the Professor Bernie L. Segal Criminal Mock Trial Competition held October 10-13, 2013. Rachel and Ryan were coached by Elizabeth Lippy and Elizabeth Boals.

2012 - 2013 Team Accomplishments

WCL Mock Trail Wins Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition!

Congratulations to Sarah Thomas (3L), Ryan Fanning (2L), Ellis Palividas (3L), and Rachel Curtis (2L) who placed first at the Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition on April 13-14. The WCL team was coached by Elizabeth Lippy and Elizabeth Boals.

WCL Mock Trial Makes Semi-Finals at TYLA National Trial Comptition (NTC) Regional!

Congratulations to Kyle O'Grady (2L), Allison Heldreth (3L), Yuki Haraguchi (3L), and Shailee Diwanji (3L) who reached the semi-finals at the National Trial Competition Regionals on February 1-3. Both teams were coached by Jeremy Widder and Greg Hillyer.

WCL Mock Trial Makes Octo-Finals at Buffalo-Niagara Invitational Mock Trial Competition!

Congratulations to Kyle O'Grady (2L), Allison Heldreth (3L), Yuki Haraguchi (3L), and Maya Kushner (2L) who reached the octo-finals at the Buffalo-Niagara Invitational Mock Trial Competition on November 9-12. The WCL team was coached by Elizabeth Boals and Jeremy Widder.

WCL Mock Trial Places Second at Judge Paul Joseph Kelly Jr. Invitational Trial Competition!

Congratulations to Shailee Diwanji (3L) and Cody Harnish (3L) who placed second at the Judge Paul Joseph Kelly Jr. Invitational Trial Competition at Fordham University on October 27- 28. The WCL team was coached by Dave Felsen and Bonnie Hoffman.

Our Mission

The Mock Trial Honor Society is a student-run organization that strives to empower law students to excel in the courtroom.  Members  participate in national, regional, and intraschool competitions, and, in doing so, transform knowledge from the classroom to practical abilities. The Society works closely with the Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program at WCL to prepare members to become successful advocates.  Members earn 2 credits per academic year, make lasting connections, and are provided various scholarship and professional opportunities in both criminal and civil litigation.  Ultimately, Society members gain knowledge, flexibility, adaptability, experience, and expertise in trial skills, oratorical skills, evidence, and teamwork.

We offer 1L students a chance to gain valuable practice in the spring through our 1L Closing Argument Competition. Then, to formally try out for the team, WCL students must compete in the Spring Qualifying Tournament. Once admitted to the Society, members represent WCL at regional and national mock trial competitions.

For more information, or to sign up for our listserve, please email: mocktrialhonorsociety@gmail.com