Advanced 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.
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.