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Trial Practice Competition Team

Established less than five years ago, the College of Law’s Trial Practice Competition team is selected through a spring semester try-out process lead by current Trial Practice Team members, faculty, and coaches. All new team members are enrolled in the fall semester trial practice competition course, and participate with local attorneys in the CLE series “Actors Direction for Winning Trial Performance,” taught by UC College Conservatory Professor of Drama, Rocco Dal Vera.

After that first semester trial practice course competition, our competition team students receive credit and coaching for participation in larger regional and national trial competitions. Attorney Sheila Smith, an experienced trial attorney, recently retired as employment law litigator (and as a trial practice professor) will join UC Law competition team alumni to coach our student team competitors in the fall. Coaches for spring competitions will include leading trial attorneys from Cincinnati law firms. We often provide experienced actors to work with students on “dramatic polish” before significant competitions.

To further hone their professional and analytical skills, the College offers a significant number of competition teams and journals. Through the Trial Practice Competition Team, College of Law students have participated in the “Case Classic” competition at Case Western Reserve, the ABA Labor and Employment Trial Advocacy Competition, American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC), the Texas Young Lawyers Association Competition (TYLA), and the Ohio Attorney General’s Public Interest Law Trial Competition. In 2015-16 and 2016-7, a Cincinnati Law team won at the regional level and advanced TYLA’s National competition.

The UC Law team also placed at the 5th Annual Transactional Law Meet Competition. The team won the “Best Draft” award for the Southwestern Region, the first time UC has won this award. (Read more).