The Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and the John Marshall Law School are sponsoring the Twenty-first Annual National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition in Chicago on March 31 – April 2, 2011.* Harvard has participated in the competition since its inception and has been the champion, a finalist and semi-finalist in past years.
Four HLS students will compete against teams from twenty-one other law schools trying a criminal case. Each team will participate in three preliminary mock trials, after which the highest-scoring teams will proceed to the semi-finals and then to the championship round. Students on the team will act as counsel and/or witnesses for their teammates in each round. All students will have the opportunity to serve as counsel in at least one round. Clinical instructors from the Criminal Justice Institute will serve as coaches for the trial team.
Interested students should pick up tryout materials from the CJI office located on the third floor of Austin Hall (Austin 301) and select a try out time slot on the posted schedule in the office.
The trial team will be selected after try-outs. Tryouts will be held on Monday and Tuesday, February 14 and 15, 2011. The application deadline is Tuesday, February 15. Try-out materials and a sign-up sheet for trying out will be available starting Wednesday, February 9, 2011 in the CJI office. Please feel free to call Clinical Instructors Gloria Tan or Kristin Muniz at the Criminal Justice Institute @6-8143 if you have questions.