Trial Advocacy | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Trial Advocacy | School of Law | SIU

Trial Advocacy

Students interested in trial rather than appellate argument may try out in their second year for membership in the Trial Advocacy Division of the Moot Court Board. Students are selected after an intramural tryout, and compete in their third year after completion of courses in evidence and trial advocacy.

In recent years, SIU law students have competed in many locations, including Chicago, San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Monica, Buffalo, Louisville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Champaign, DeKalb, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. During the AY 2013-2014 year, SIU teams took first place in an invitational tournament at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, second place in the Saluki Invitational tournament in Carbondale, and second place in the prestigious Estrella Mock Trial Competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Individual SIU team members earned Best Overall Advocate awards in all three competitions.

Trial Team Activities – Fall 2012

SIU hosted new Mock Trial Competition

SIU Law's trial team invited the trial team from the University of Missouri Kansas City law school to southern Illinois for a special tournament in September. The SIU team faced off against UMKC at the Williamson County Courthouse in Marion, Illinois. The competition centered on a civil trial, and the participants litigated the case from voir dire to verdict.  Illinois judges presided and community residents volunteered to serve as members of the jury. The jury's decision was the sole criteria in deciding the tournament winners. Each school was allowed two teams to represent their school and given two weeks to prepare. The students had to research and prepare their arguments. The case was tried four times on Saturday, and SIU won three of the four cases.

Professor Bernie Segal In Vino Veritas Criminal Law Mock Trial Competition

SIU Law participated in this inaugural, invitation-only tournament which featured some of the top law schools in the country.  Our team, consisting of Mike Aguirre, Derek DeFranco, Ginny Huot and Joe Yancey, competed in three rounds and won two of them, defeating Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and Buffalo, and losing to Maryland (which went undefeated in the preliminary rounds and was the top seed in the final four).  SIU came in 5th overall at the competition. Joe Yancey received the Best Advocate award for Round One of the competition, earning a perfect score as an advocate.