The Center for Advocacy

CFA Tournaments

THE CENTER FOR ADVOCACY (CFA) proudly hosts The Summit Cup, The Hoffman Cup and The Advocates Cup each year.  All of these tournaments are educational exercises designed to help students further refine the professional knowledge they need to be productive members of our profession.  In these tournaments the students receive priceless instruction and feedback from actual practicing attorneys and judges who are members of our profession in the Rocky Mountain West.  The students also get to make wonderful professional connections through the alumni and practitioners that they meet during the tournaments.  In addition to the links provided on this website that more fully discuss the rules, important dates and other information related to each tournament, below is a short description of each:

THE SUMMIT CUP  

Hosted each September

Honors 12 teams from law schools around the country that each won significant tournaments in the prior academic year. 

♦  Juries are comprised of laypersons (non-lawyers) just like the people to whom the advocates will be presenting real cases after they graduate.   

♦  DU Law students serve as the “woodshed witnesses”, further enhancing the camaraderie and objectivity of the tournament.

Themis Bar Review serves as the official sponsor of The Summit Cup.

THE HOFFMAN CUP

♦  Our law school’s premier trial advocacy tournament

♦  Hosted by the CFA each year in late October or early November 

♦  We crown our school’s Champions, Best Advocate, and Rising Star Advocate 

♦  Hosted in memory of the late Daniel S. Hoffman, who was a nationally-recognized trial attorney, former Dean of our law school, and a generous benefactor to our law school.  

♦  The Cup is open to all 2L, 3L and 4L-Evening students, and 1L students get to benefit educationally by serving as witnesses for competing teams. 

♦  The annual event draws over 150 local attorneys and practitioners who serve as Ruling Judges and Scoring Jurors.

THE ADVOCATES CUP

♦  Hosted by the CFA each spring (late February or early March)

♦  Is open to all 1L, 2L, 3L and 4L-Evening students  

♦  The first formal law school tournament in which 1L students can compete

♦  The largest tournament to be hosted annually in our school

 

2016 Hoffman Cup Champions

 

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Picture: Left to Right: David Schott (Center for Advocacy Department Director); Helen Hoopes (Senior Deputy Public Defender); Victoria Klingensmith (Deputy District Attorney); Judge John Madden (District Court Judge); Sara Lindsey Peterson (Champion); Ian Farrell (DU Law Professor); Joshua Mangiagli (Champion and Best Advocate); Grant Grosgebauer (last year’s Hoffman Best Advocate); Rachel Moran (DU Law Clinic Fellow); Diana Sada (Center for Advocacy).

On Nov 2nd, 2016, Sara Lindsey Peterson and Joshua Mangiagli faced off against Chelsea Moore and Doyle Bode in this year’s Daniel S. Hoffman Cup Championship round. The Hoffman cup is the “crown jewel” advocacy tournament for upperclassmen at our law school. The tournament is named after our beloved alumnus, former Dean of DU Law, and nationally-renowned attorney. The finalists endured six very competitive rounds of advocacy. The judges ultimately crowned Sara Lindsey Peterson and Joshua Mangiagli as this year’s Champions and Joshua Mangiagli as this year’s Best Advocate.

Champions: Sara Lindsey Peterson and Joshua Mangiagli
Runners Up: Chelsea Moore and Doyle Bode (not pictured)
Best Advocate: Joshua Mangiagli
Rising Star Advocate: John Steele (not pictured)

 


 

2016 Hoffman Best Advocate and Rising Star Advocate

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Left to Right: Diana Sada (Center for Advocacy); Joshua Mangiagli (Best Advocate); John Steele (Rising Star Advocate); David Schott (Center for Advocacy Director).

 


 

ADVOCATES CUP CHAMPIONS!

 

2016 advocates cup champions

 

 

March 2016. The Center for Advocacy recently crowned this year’s The Advocates Cup’s Champions. The Cup pairs 1Ls with 2L & 3L partners, to help students be practice-ready graduates. This year’s recipients are:

 

 

CHAMPIONS
Reid Dechant
(Returning 2015 Champion)
Mackenzie Ludwig
Chelsea Moore
Tim Luetkemeyer
The Professionalism Award
Jimoh Yussof
Scott Eley
Mark Campbell
Nicholas Smiley-Kallas
Best Overall Advocate
Mackenzie Ludwig
Best 1L Advocate
Josh Mangiagli

 

Both Best Advocate Winners received a free bar review course generously donated by Themis Bar Review

 


 

 

HOFFMAN CUP CHAMPIONS!

Hoffman Cup Champions

The Daniel S. Hoffman Memorial Trial Advocacy Tournament is the “crown jewel” advocacy tournament for upperclassmen at our law school. The tournament is named after our beloved alumnus, former Dean of DU Law, and nationally-renowned attorney. The Champions endured six very competitive rounds of advocacy, and were ultimately crowned by our panel of esteemed alumni and area members of the bar (pictured above).

This fall we crowned the following:

Champions: Luke Corliss, Sarah Colburn, and Robert Zahradnik-Mitchell.

Best Advocate: Grant Grosgebauer (not pictured)

Pictured above (left to right): Denver Attorney and DU Alumnus, Cole Wist; Seattle-area and DU Law Alumnus, Barbara Frost; DU Law Alumnus and 2014 Hoffman Cup Best Advocate Winner, Jonathan Coppom; 2015 Champions, Luke Corliss, Robert Zahradnik-Mitchell, Sarah Colburn; Denver District Court Judge, John Madden IV; DU Law Professor C.J. Larkin; Aurora Municipal Judge, Dan Kopper.

 


 

ADVOCATES CUP CHAMPIONS!

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March 2015. The Advocates Cup was successfully launched as the newest facet of DU Law’s Experiential Advantage Curriculum™. Pairing 1Ls with 2L & 3L partners, to help students be practice-ready graduates, The Advocacy Department proudly announces the following winners:

CHAMPIONS

Arielle Hanser
Steve Visioli
Reid Dechant
Gavin Jacobs

The Professionalism Award

Elizabeth Austin
Alita King
Mackenzie Shields
John Steele

Best Overall Advocate
Dustin Heard

Best 1L Advocate
Tim Tarr

Both Best Advocate Winners received a free bar review course generously donated by Themis Bar Review

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