The Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and the John Marshall Law School are sponsoring the Twenty-Fourth Annual National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition in Chicago on March 20 – 23, 2014. 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 nineteen 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 (CJI) will serve as coaches for the trial team. Interested students should pick up tryout materials from the CJI office located on the fifth floor of WCC (Clinical Wing, Suite 5116) and select a tryout time slot on the posted schedule in the office. The trial team will be selected after “tryouts.” Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, January 7 and Friday, January 10, 2014. Complete an application and submit it at the time you sign up for a time slot. Tryout materials and a sign-up sheet for trying out will be available on Wednesday, December 11 at 4pm in the CJI office. Please feel free to call CJI at 6-8143 if you have questions.