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 2017 Competition Schedule

September 28–30

Summit Cup
Location: Denver, CO
Competitors: Mariam Chamilova, Stephanie Gerstetter, Alexis Halsell and Dawn Peacock

October 13–15

National Pretrial Competition
Location: Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL
Competitors: Gabe Aprati, Mark Bennett, Michael Schostok and Natalie Wilkins

October 14–15

Queens County District Attorney's Mock Trial Competition
Location: Queens County Courthouse, Kew Gardens, NY
Competitors: Mariam Chamilova, Dina Lupancu,  Carolina Solano and Ashur Youash

October 19–21

Lone Star Classic
Location: St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, TX
Competitors: Guy Guenther, Felicia Thomas, Chelsy Vanovermeiren and Shayl Wilson

October 20–22

National Civil Trial Competition
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Competitors: Kristen Farr Capizzi, Alexis Halsell, Shahina Khan and Jesse Pollans

November 1–4

Tournament of Champions
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Competitors: Jon Emmanuel, Warren Fasone, Stephanie Gerstetter and Connor Greene

November 5–6

ABA Labor and Employment Regional Trial Advocacy Competition (Regional Tournament)
Location: Chicago, IL
Competitors:  Jason Garcia, Elizabeth Grande, Krista Krepp and Kelsey Zubkoff
Competitors: Sameeul Haque, Kim Herring, Dina Lupacu and Max Novak


Spring 2018 Competition Schedule

Jan. 31–Feb. 2

NBLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition (Regional Tournament)
Location: Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO
Competitors: Annisha Arnold, India Burton, Ashley Davidson and Qi Niu

Feb. 8–10

National Trial Competition (Regional Tournament)
Location: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL
Competitors: Mariam Chamilova, Jon Emmanuel, Warren Fasone and Connor Greene

March 1–4

American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition (Regional Tournament)
Location: Chicago, IL
Competitors: Kristen Farr Capizzi, Alexis Halsell, Shahina Khan and Jesse Pollans
Competitors: Dina Lupancu, Dawn Peacock, Carolina Solano and Ashur Youash

March 1–4

Capitol City Challenge
Location: American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, DC
Competitors: Mark Bennett, Michael Schostok, Chelsy Vanovermeiren and Natalie Wilkins

March 9–11

National Criminal Justice Trial Competition
Location: John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL
Competitors: Elizabeth Grande, Guy Guenther, Sameeul Haque and Kimberly Herring

May 30–June 3

Top Gun Mock Trial Competition
Location: Baylor University Law Center, Waco, TX
Competitors: Ashur Youash (first chair) and Natalie Wilkins (assistant)