Trial Lawyers Trial Advocacy Competition


Pace Law School hosted the 2014 competition on February 6, 2014 through February 9, 2014, at the Westchester Supreme Court in White Plains, NY.

Each year the NYSBA Trial Lawyers Section sponsors the National Trial Advocacy Competition as it has since 1974 to recognize law students, the future talent of our profession and Association, and to encourage the inclusion of trial advocacy and technique as part of the law school curricula. Monetary awards, plaques and a traveling cup are provided to some of the winning advocates, coaches and law schools.  Winning teams are invited to a NYSBA meeting to accept the awards with their coaches and the Section subsidizes the travel expense as well.

In 1978 it was formalized with the Trial Lawyers Cup Awards Program to encourage and support the teaching of Trial Advocacy by Law Schools of the State of New York. The Trial Lawyers Cup, the "Traveling Cup," is awarded on a rotating basis to the New York State Law School Team which participates in and places the highest in the annual National Trial Competition, sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

2014 First Place Team:  Syracuse University School of Law

2014 Second Place Team:  St. John's University School of Law

See video here of the 2014 award presentation by the NYSBA Executive Committee Member and Trial Lawyers Section Executive Committee Member, Evan Goldberg, at the NYSBA House of Delegates Meeting in Cooperstown, NY on June 21, 2014.  

2014 National Trial Competition Award Region 2 Winners, Syracuse University School of Law Trial Advocacy Team:  Jennifer A. Camillo, Frank A. Deluccia, Jason J. Krisza, Meghan A. McGrattan Coaches:  Dmitriy Chernyy, Joseph S. Cote, III, Joanne Van Dyke, Jeffrey G. Leibo. Jennifer A. Camillo and Jason J. Krisza represented the team in the finals in Texas. 

2014 National Trial Competition Award Region  2nd Place Winners, St. John's University School of Law Trial Advocacy Team:  Adam Papas, Michael Schillinger Coaches:  Eylan Schulman, Kareem Vessup

Traveling Cup Award

In August 2010, the Travis H. D. Lewin award was established for the winning Coach of the competition. See the Trial Lawyers Section resolution establishing the Coach’s award here. The winners of the Travis H.D. Lewin Coaching Award for 2014 were the Coaches of the Syracuse Law School team. 

The 2014 awards will be presented this year at the NYSBA House of Delegates meeting on June 21, 2014 at the Otesaga Hotel. See here for the 2013 Awards Presentation including a description of the National Trial Competition Section 2 Awards by the former Section Chair, Thomas Valet.

For this year's individual award winners and previous award winners click here.

To get your law school involved, contact Tina Rothaupt at, 518.487.5669 

Photos of 2013 Winning Teams

First Place Team Hofstra

Second Place Team (Fordham)

Link to the National Trial Competition homepage

2013 National Trial Competition Award Region 2 Winners, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University Trial Advocacy Team:  Kaitlyn Flynn, Jana McNulty, George Michel IV, Jared Rosenblatt, Coach, Gerard McCloskey, Coach

2013 National Trial Competition Award Region  2nd Place Winners, Fordham University School of Law Trial Advocacy Team: Brittany Russell, Graham Amodeo;  Adam Shlahet, Coach, Jeff Briem