The Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law and the Puerto Rico Bar Association are sponsoring the 2014 Annual National PR Trial Advocacy Competition in Puerto Rico on October 30 – November 1, 2014. Harvard returns to this competition as champions from the 2009 and 2010 competitions. Four HLS students will compete against teams from 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 September 16 and 17, 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 in the CJI office starting Monday, September 8, 2014. Important Note: Tryout slots will be limited — please be sure to sign up early. Please feel free to call CJI Clinical Instructors Dehlia Umunna or Kristin Muniz at 6-8143 if you have questions.