AUWCL Hosts National Trial Competition Regional Tournament


On February 10–12, 2017, American University Washington College of Law’s Trial Advocacy Program co-hosted the 2017 National Trial Competition Regional Tournament with the University of Maryland Trial Advocacy Program. The tournament was held at the Tenley Campus and consisted of 22 teams from 11 law schools in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Two of our AUWCL trial teams advanced to the semi-final rounds. The teams consisted of AUWCL students Ashley Probst (2L) and Kara Simmons (3L) who were coached by Aimee Ghosh (JD ’12) and Cristina Hillyer, and AUWCL students Olivia Watkins (3L) and Christine Varghese (3L) who were coached by Allison Hildreth (JD ‘13) and Jeremy Widder. 

This mock trial tournament, first held in 1975, is widely recognized as one of the top U.S. law school mock trial competitions. Over 140 AUWCL and University of Maryland students participated as witnesses in these mock trials and 150 practitioners and judges served as trial judges and evaluators. This year, the competition had a record number of members of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) serve as judges and evaluators for this competition. ACTL is a prestigious, invitational only organization for the country’s top rated trial attorneys.  





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