National Institute for Trial Advocacy's 2012 Tournament of Champions

October 24-October 28, 2012

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law was proud to host the 2012 National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Tournament of Champions. The Competition consisted of four preliminary rounds, followed by a semi-final and final round. This year the preliminary rounds were held at the Circuit Court of Cook County in the Richard J. Daley Center, and the semi-final and final rounds were held at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Congratulations to the 2012 Competitors

Champions: Baylor Law School
Best advocate in final round: Stephen Netherton (Baylor Law School)
Most professional team: Baylor Law School 

Finalist: University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Semi-Finalists: University of California, Berkeley School of Law and St. John's University School of Law

Best advocate in preliminary rounds: Cory Ricci (Samford University Cumberland School of Law)

NITA -The Tournament of Champions: History

National Institute for Trial AdvocacyIn 1989, Professor Charles E. "Chuck" Kirkwood of the University of Akron School of Law hosted the first Tournament of Champions Trial Competition. He invited the best student trial advocacy law schools in the nation. Invitations were based on performance over the years in two "open" student trial competitions, the National Trial Competition and the ATLA National Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The tournament was informal and fun, with a focus on outstanding trial advocacy skills.

In 1995, NITA recognized the outstanding quality of this tournament and chose to sponsor the Tournament of Champions. In 2005, LexisNexis® became a co-sponsor.

Today, the tournament is one of the premier law school trial competitions in the nation and is known for having the highest quality of congeniality and good sportsmanship. Each year, sixteen schools are invited. The invitations are based on a three-year performance record at the National Trial Competition and the ATLA National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, and performances at prior Tournament of Champions competition.

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