Valerie Raedy is IIT Chicago-Kent's 2013 "Top Gun"
IIT Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar Valerie R. Raedy will represent the law school in the 2013 National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition held June 6 to 9 at Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas. Raedy is one of only 16 law students nationwide to compete in this unique tournament.
Established in 2010, the National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition is organized by Baylor Law School and co-sponsored by the Texas law firm of Naman, Howell, Smith and Lee PLLC. It is an invitational tournament in which one advocate from law schools with the best records in major competitions held during the school year compete for a $10,000 winner-take-all prize and recognition as the nation's best student advocate. Unlike most trial competitions, the National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition does not provide participants with the details of the case they will argue until 24 hours before the tournament begins. In addition to preparing their opening and closing statements and witness examinations, competitors also visit relevant sites of the fictional legal dispute.
IIT Chicago-Kent "Top Gun" Valerie Raedy graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in government and music from Lawrence University and Conservatory in Appleton, Wisconsin. As an undergraduate, she was team manager and a member of Lawrence's mock trial team.
At IIT Chicago-Kent, Raedy is a 2014 candidate for a J.D. degree with a certificate in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. An Honors Scholar, she has been a member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review and the Trial Advocacy Team since 2012. Raedy was a member of the IIT Chicago-Kent teams that competed in the 2012 Tournament of Champions and the 2013 National Trial Competition's regional tournament.
Founded in 1888, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is celebrating "125 years of distinctive legal education." IIT Chicago-Kent is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting institution with programs in engineering, psychology, architecture, business, design and law. IIT Chicago-Kent's trial advocacy teams have won numerous individual student honors and regional and national competitions. The most recent U.S. News & World Report ranked IIT Chicago-Kent's trial advocacy program among the top five in the country.