National Trial Team

brittanby Janie Brittan, Class of 2016

Janie is from San Diego, CA and graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2010.

The William & Mary Law National Trial Team is one of William & Mary Law’s most successful competitions teams, focusing on (you guessed it) trial advocacy! Each year, the Trial Team competes in many of the country’s best trial competitions. Just this past season, the Team won championship titles at:

  • Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County (Gourley)- Championship Team

    Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County (Gourley)- Championship Team

    The Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County Trial Competition (Gourley) in Pittsburgh, PA

  • The MABLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition in Washington, DC
  • The American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition in Washington, DC

The Team also placed as finalists in:

  • Finalists of the Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition in Puerto Rico with the youngest ever Associate Justice on the Puerto Rican Supreme Court, the Hon. Maite Oronoz Rodríguez

    Finalists of the Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition in Puerto Rico with the youngest ever Associate Justice on the Puerto Rican Supreme Court, the Hon. Maite Oronoz Rodríguez

    The TYLA National Trial Competition in Washington, DC;

  • The Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • The NBLSA National Tournament in Portland Oregon

William & Mary’s Trial Team earned semi-finalist and quarter-finalist finishes at the Capitol City Challenge, Florida State Civil Mock Trial Competition, and the John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Competition. Additionally, the Team won Best Trial Brief at the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge in Houston, TX and earned multiple individual awards throughout the season, including six best advocate awards.

South Texas Mock Trial Challenge- Best Brief Winning Team

South Texas Mock Trial Challenge- Best Brief Winning Team

Preparing for each competition gives all 26 members of the team (plus an incoming class of 1Ls in the fall!) great opportunities to learn and refine trial advocacy skills including opening statements, closing arguments, direct and cross examination of witnesses, and evidentiary objections. Each member also receives advanced evidentiary training in preparation for in-depth and spontaneous objection battles during trial. For most tournaments, each individual team of two to four students prepares case strategies for both the plaintiff/prosecution and defense. With that case theory, each team works for weeks to refine their arguments and presentation style with practical guidance from Trial Team coaches. The Team is coached by former Virginia Trial Lawyers Association president and seasoned trial lawyer, Jeffrey Breit, and former Virginia Supreme Court Justice, LeRoy Millette. Both coaches bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to help sharpen the Team’s case strategy, presentation, and evidentiary argument skills.  Additionally, because the Team travels across the country, members benefit from exposure to different litigation styles nationwide.

Most importantly, Trial Team offers a collaborative environment to work closely with every team member, and gives members the opportunity to not only win championships, but also to form close friendships. A selection tournament for new members is held during the fall term. The Team selects approximately 12 candidates each year; however, no prior experience is necessary or required to secure a spot. The Trial Team is always looking for new, raw talent and consistently selects candidates from all backgrounds and experience levels. Come join us!

2014-2015 Trial Team

2014-2015 Trial Team

For a list of our accomplishments from this season and seasons past, click here. For questions feel free to contact us at wmnationaltrial@gmail.com.

This post is a part of a series featuring William & Mary Law School’s student organizations. All post are written by student leaders. To read more student organization blog posts, click here

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