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News from The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program April 2014

The Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program offers 35 sections of Trial Advocacy courses to over 400 students. Each section is taught by two instructors, usually a trial judge and a full-time faculty member or an experienced litigator.

Trial Team Advances to the 2014 National Trial Competition

The Trial Advocacy Program co-hosted the 2014 National Trial Competition Regional Tournament January 31 - February 2, 2014. 25 teams from 13 law schools in D.C., Maryland and Virginia competed.

For the first time ever, 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 represented WCL in the National Trial Competition March 27 - 30, 2014.

Digital Evidence Workshop Among Cutting-Edge Course Offerings in the Summer Litigation Skills Summer Institute:

July 7-14, 2014

WCL will host its annual Litigation Skills Summer Institute ("LSSI") from July 7 through July 20, 2014. The two week intensive learning program consists of four courses: Fact Witness Deposition, Expert Witness Deposition, Civil Trial Advocacy, and Litigating in a High Tech Courtroom. Participants may take one, two, or all of the courses. Classes will be held in the evening and on the weekends, to accommodate the schedules of full-time students and working professionals alike. CLE credit is available for participating practitioners. Online applications are now being accepted.

Capitol City Challenge Celebrates Its Sixth Year


The American University, Washington College of Law Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program and Mock Trial Honor Society proudly held the the Sixth Annual Capitol City Challenge. This year’s competition took place on February 27 - March 2, 2014,at WCL and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The competition featured a civil case problem and access to modern courthouse technology. Twenty of the nation's top-ranked trial advocacy programs participated.

Professor Lippy Publishes a Casefile Incorporating Social Media

Professor Elizabeth Lippy , Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program at WCL, published a case file entitled Evans v. Washingtona State University. The casefile is a civil negligence case arising from alleged cyberbullying in a university setting. It features Facebook, email, and text messaging evidence to help lawyers and law students understand the impact of and presence of social media and digital evidence in litigation.


Trial Advocacy Program Contact Information:

David E. Aaronson, Director -; (202)274-4201

Elizabeth I. Boals, Assoc. Director -; (202)274-4073

Elizabeth L. Lippy, Asst. Director -; (202)274-4145

Kimberly Green, Program Coord. -; (202)274-4258