Trial Advocacy Team Competition

Chicago-Kent has earned a national reputation for having one of the top Trial Advocacy Programs in the country. A large part of this recognition is due to the successful history of its trial advocacy teams.

Trial team members demonstrate their trial advocacy skills in local, regional and national mock trial competitions. Chicago-Kent trial advocacy teams have participated in numerous competitions, including the ABA National Trial Competition, National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Tournament of Champions, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Student Trial Advocacy Competition, National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational, and National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition. Check out the team record from the 2014–15 and 2015–16 academic years.

Chicago-Kent's record is admirable. But while the school has learned that winning is better than losing, it has successfully resisted a "win at any cost" approach. Chicago-Kent students always take the high road. When they falter, coaches lead them. Compromise with principle is not tolerated. As a result, our team members, virtually without exception, have left the law school well prepared—in knowledge, talent and character—to enter the profession.

Fall 2019 Competition Schedule

October 9–12

Mockingbird Challenge
Location: Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Montgomery, Alabama
Competitors: Derek Bolka, Valerie Letko, Lilly Mashayek, Isabella Romano

October 11–13

Syracuse National Trial Competition
Location: Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, NY
Competitors: Nausheen Gaznabi, Saman Haque, Jacqueline McClellan, Micah McClendon

October 19–20

Queens County District Attorney's Mock Trial Competition
Location: Queens County Courthouse, Kew Gardens, NY
Competitors: Troy Chinnici, Adrian Delgado, Kristen Kennedy, John Senese

October 23–26

Tournament of Champions
Location:  American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, DC
Competitors: Timothy Cho, Clare Lilek, Jane Morrison, Kimberly Napoleon 

November 1–3

Hofstra Medical-Legal Trial Competition
Location: Hofstra University, Hempstead, Long Island, NY
Competitors: Breana Brill, Myles Carroll, Emin Drnovsek  

November 14–17

Greene Broillet & Wheeler National Civil Trial Competition 
Location: Los Angeles
Competitors: Danielle Austriaco, Kristen Kennedy, Alexandra Rafajko, Anu Rao

November 16–17

ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition (Regional Tournament)
Location: Chicago
Competitors: Annisha Arnold, Briana Caldwell, Nausheen Gaznabi, Alexander Stark

Spring 2020

February 5–9

Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition (Regional Tournament)
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Competitors: Annisha Arnold, Michael McGee, Cristina Alma McNeiley, Shawn-Anthony Meyer 

February 20–23

National Trial Competition (Regional Tournament)
Location: St. Louis, MO
Competitors: Myles Carroll, Clare Lilek, Valerie Letko, Kimberly Napoleon

March 5–8

Capitol City Challenge
Location: Washington, DC
Competitors: Derek Bolka, Lilly Mashayek, Katrina O'Regan, Alexander Stark

March 12–14

National Ethics Trial Competition
Location: Sacramento, CA
Competitors: Breana Brill, Emin Drnovsek, Nausheen Gaznabi, Isabella Romano

March 12–15

American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition
Location: Chicago
Competitors: Jane Morrison, Kristen Kennedy, Alexandra Rafajko, Anu Rao
Competitors: Danielle Austriaco, Timothy Cho, Saman Haque, Jacqueline McClellan

March 26–28

JMLS National Criminal Justice Trial Competition
Location: Chicago
Competitors: Annisha Arnold, Briana Caldwell, Adrian Delgado, Micah McClendon