The Center for Advocacy

The Summit Cup

 

Congratulations to the 2018 Summit Cup Champions : AMERICAN UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL!

One year ago, when American University Law School student-advocates Cara Mazor and Alex Raby lost in the Summit Cup Championships to Northwestern, they vowed to return and conquer The Summit Cup.  In 2018, under the coaching of Lisamarie Freitas and Zac Ista, and under the inimitable trial advocacy directorship of AU’s Elizabeth Lippy, that is exactly what Cara and Alex did.  The Summit Cup invites the nation’s top twelve trial team winners from the prior year.   Thus, although Mazor and Raby had to overcome well-seasoned  advocates every step in their climb, they ultimately beat Drexel law’s Michael Wentz and Elizabeth Bertolino to summit the mountain and take home the cup.  Congratulations to all of the teams that earned their way onto the mountain.  Most of all, congratulations to Cara and Alex.

Additional Summit Cup winners included

(based only on Tournament Rounds, not the Medal Rounds):

 

Semi-finalists:  Northwestern and Georgia State

Most Professional Team:  Maryland

Best Advocate:  Cara Mazor, American

Outstanding Advocacy:  Michael Wentz, Drexel

Juror’s Choice Advocate:  Bradley Bellows, St. Mary’s

 

Click this link to view the video of the 2018 Summit Cup Championship Round (our apologies, the camera placement for the first half of the trial was not in a great position – it changes at halftime).

https://mediaserv.law.du.edu/mp4video/schott/2018-Summit-Cup-Championship/DU-Sturm-College-of-Law-2018-Summit-Cup-Championship.htm

 

Click this link to view the video of the 2018 Summit Cup Jury Deliberations that followed the Championship Round:

https://mediaserv.law.du.edu/mp4video/schott/2018-Summit-Cup-Championship/DU-Sturm-College-of-Law-2018-Summit-Cup-Jury-Deliberations.htm

 


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is the Official Sponsor of
the 2018 Summit Cup

 

 

THE 2018 SUMMIT CUP

Here are the basics about this year’s Summit Cup. For more information please contact the Director for the Center for Advocacy, David C. Schott.

DATES & LOCATION. This year’s Summit Cup is scheduled for October 4, 5 and 6, 2018.  This year’s Summit Cup will take place at the beautiful Jefferson County District Courthouse with Golden, Colorado (“Where The West Lives”) providing the scenic backdrop.

OFFICIAL SPONSOR. Our Official sponsor for The 2017 Summit Cup is Trial Boom! …the creators of the CLE-accredited courtroom simulator designed to help attorneys and law students strengthen their courtroom and evidentiary skills.

THE TEAM. The Center for Advocacy will be hosting the top teams from around the country, based upon their performance at the top (12) twelve tournaments from last year. The schools participating are:  American, Campbell, Cumberland, Drexel, Florida State, Georgia State, Loyola-Chicago, Maryland, Northwestern, St. Mary’s, and UC Hastings.

THE CASE. The Advocates will be presenting a civil, wrongful death, action based on the case of the murder of Laci Peterson.

THE RULES. The link of the Official Summit Cup Rules is listed to the left on this page.

REAL JURORS. The Summit Cup uses both attorneys and laypeople to serve as Scoring Jurors, so the law student Advocates get a broader cross-section of feedback and evaluation. After all, in just a year or so, some of these Advocates will be presenting cases in real courtrooms across our country to real juries that will be comprised of laypeople.

If you are interested in serving as a Ruling Judge or a Scoring Juror, please contact David C. Schott at DSchott@law.du.edu.  All are welcome.

 


THEMIS BAR REVIEW
is the Official Sponsor of
the 2017 Summit Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE 2017 SUMMIT CUP

 

 

 

Here are the basics about this year’s Summit Cup.  For more information, do not hesitate to contact the Director for the Center for Advocacy, David C. Schott.

 

 

 

DATES.  This year’s Summit Cup is scheduled for September 28, 29 and 30.

 

 

 

OFFICIAL SPONSOR.   Our Official sponsor for The 2017 Summit Cup is Themis Bar Review.

 

 

 

THE TEAM.  The Center for Advocacy will  be hosting the top teams from around the country, based upon their performance at the top (12) twelve tournaments from last year.  The schools participating are:

 

 

 

American, Baylor, Campbell, Drexel, Florida State, Fordham, Kent, Loyola-LA, Northwestern, Stetson, US Davis, UC Hastings

 

 

 

THE CASE.  The Advocates will be presenting a case loosely based on the case of Stephen Avery, whose case was spotlighted in the cable network miniseries, Making A Murderer.

 

 

 

THE RULES.  The link of the Official Summit Cup Rules is listed to the left on this page.

 

 

 

REAL JURORS.  The Summit Cup uses both attorneys and laypeople to serve as Scoring Jurors, so the law student Advocates get a broader cross-section of feedback and evaluation.  After all, in just a year or so, some of these Advocates will be presenting cases in real courtrooms across our country to real juries that will be comprised of laypeople.

 

 

 

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