Stephen S. Weinstein Courtroom
The new Tenley Campus offers five courtrooms, the Stephen S. Weinstein Courtroom, a magnificent stand-alone courthouse with two smaller practice courtrooms as well as a 60 seat Appellate Courtroom and a 35 seat floor to ceiling glass teaching courtroom. Each of the five new courtrooms is designed to enhance experiential learning by providing opportunities for students to develop the multiple and varied litigation skills and values they need to succeed in the practice of law.
The Weinstein courtroom was originally used as a chapel by the Immaculata Seminary for the Sisters of Providence. It was preserved during construction and re-configured as a courtroom. Many of the original features including the stained glass windows were preserved. The stained glass windows surround the expansive judge’s bench and jury box with gallery seating for more than 60 spectators at permanent lighted tables.
The two smaller courtrooms housed in the independent Courthouse provide a more intimate courtroom setting for small section classes of trial advocacy and mock trial and moot court competition team practices
These improvements were made possible by the 2007 naming gift of Stephen S. Weinstein, WCL '65, a distinguished litigator and past program participant.
The Ceremonial Courtroom with a seating capacity of 140 is designed as a grand appellate courtroom. It features four massive retractable screens that accommodate different inputs simultaneously. The judge's bench comfortably seats large panels of up to six judges.
The multipurpose courtroom is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows and overlooks a four story atrium. It provides a first-hand view into our trial advocacy classes from the law school's common areas. It is used for trial advocacy classes, moot and mock trial competitions, multi-media presentations and international seminars.
Cutting Edge Technology
All of the courtrooms permit students to experience and experiment with cutting-edge trial technology. The courtrooms provide numerous options for creative use of evidence within the framework of the rules and procedures governing digital evidence and demonstrative presentations. The interactive video screens permit counsel, the witness, and the judge to preview a document before publication to the jury. A stylist can be used to identify locations, events, and time sequences on an exhibit that can be color-printed for admission into evidence. An evidence camera is provided in each courtroom. A jury deliberation room is adjacent to the Weinstein courtroom with easy access from behind the judge's bench. Remote controlled cameras are located throughout the courtroom and jury deliberation room through this equipment, advocates can watch jury deliberations in real time. Digital recording equipment allows for immediate playback on the screens in the courtroom. Students are also able to obtain a webcast of their performances.
These impressive new facilities allow the Trial Advocacy Program to host a wide variety of mock trial and moot court competitions and provide the ideal location for more than forty advocacy competition teams to practice throughout the academic year. Numerous national and international competitions are hosted annually in this space including the Capitol City Challenge Mock Trial Competition, Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition and the National Trial Competition Regional Competition.