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 2018 Competition Schedule

September 26–29

Mockingbird Challenge
Location: Montgomery, AL
Competitors: Stef Duarte, Elizabeth Grande, Daniel Orescanin, Michael Schostok

October 12–14

National Pretrial Competition
Location: Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL
Competitors: Derek Bolka, Hayley Dorfman,  Lilly Mashayek, Jane Morrison

October 18–20

Lone Star Classic
Location: San Antonio, TX
Competitors:  Alyssa Fleischman, Kristen Kennedy, Shawn Meyer, Akshita Singh

October 26–28

Tournament of Champions
Location: Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Philadelphia, PA
Competitors: Mariam Chamilova, Sameeul Haque, Clare Lilek, Carolina Solano

October 27–28

Queens County District Attorney's Mock Trial Competition
Location: Queens County Courthouse, Kew Gardens, NY
Competitors:  Annisha Arnold, Michael McGee, Felicia Thomas, Shayl Wilson

November 3–4

ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition (Regional Tournament)
Location: Chicago, IL
Competitors: Jason Garcia, Mary Israel, Elizabeth Orr, Adnan Shafi

November 9–11

Greene, Broillet & Wheeler LLP National Civil Trial Competition
Location: Santa Monica Courthouse, Santa Monica, CA
Competitors: Mark Bennett, Chelsy Van Overmeiren, Natalie Wilkins, Ashur Youash

November 16–18

Hofstra Medical-Legal Trial Competition
Location: Hofstra University, Hempstead, Long Island, NY
Competitors: Stef Duarte, Elizabeth Grande, Daniel Orescanin, Michael Schostok

Spring 2019 Competition Schedule

February 6–9            

NBLSA Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition (Regional Tournament)
Location: Chicago, IL
Competitors: Briana Caldwell, Jamal Jackson, Shawn Meyer, Queen Onyeneke

February 21–23

National Trial Competition (Regional Tournament)
Location: Indiana University, McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN
Competitors: Mariam Chamilova, Stef Duarte, Sameeul Haque, Michael Schostok

February 28–March 3

AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition (Regional Tournament)
Location: Chicago, IL
Competitors: Elizabeth Grande, Adnan Shafi, Chelsy Vanovermeiren, Natalie Wilkins
Competitors: Mark Bennett, Derek Bolka, Daniel Orescanin, Shayl Wilson

March 14–16

National Ethics Trial Competition
Location: McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA
Competitors: Hayley Dorfman, Kristen Kennedy, Clare Lilek, Alexandra Rafajko

March 21–24

Capitol City Challenge
Location: American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, DC
Competitors: Timothy Cho, Saman Haque, Lilly Mashayek and Jane Morrison