Mock Trial Honor Society


Capitol City Challenge - Hosted February 27th to March 2, 2014

The Trial Advocacy Program and Mock Trial Honor Society hosted the Sixth Annual Capitol City Challenge Mock Trial Competition (CCC) on February 27 - March 2, 2014. Temple University Beasley School of Law won the competition by defeating Fordham University School of Law in the final round. Twenty law schools from across the nation participated in the CCC. Each team consisted of four law students and a coach. Participating schools are listed below. The competition included six full-trial rounds of competition held at WCL and DC Superior Court. Over 120 experienced federal and state judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and private practice attorneys served as evaluators.

Participating law schools: Georgetown University Law Center, Brooklyn Law School, University of Houston Law Center, Villanova University School of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, New York University School of Law, Fordham University Law School, University of South Dakota School of Law, Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law, William and Mary School of Law, Widener Law School, Hofstra University School of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, John Marshall Law School, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law, George Washington University School of Law, Howard University School of Law, and Cornell University Law School.

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.

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In addition to the range of courses offered by the Trial Advocacy Program, students are encouraged to become involved in the Mock Trial Honor Society (MTHS). The Trial Advocacy Program helped create the Mock Trial Honor Society (MTHS) in 2005, and participates in training and mooting WCL students to participate in national trial advocacy competitions.

The MTHS is a student organization that promotes student interest and encourages skills development in all aspects of trial advocacy through training workshops and by sponsoring competitive teams for national and regional inter-school trial competitions.  The MTHS has enjoyed a very successful record of placing highly at the competitions it enters. Recent accomplishments include:

For more information about the MTHS please visit the Mock Trial Honor Society website.


1L Closing Argument Winners 2007-2009CCC 2009San Diego Winners 2008