Board of Advocates
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Welcome to the Berkeley Law Board of Advocates. The Board of Advocates is a student-led organization charged with all of the school’s internal and external skills competitions. Each year, members of the Board of Advocates win top awards at regional and national competitions, consistently outperforming other top-ten law schools.
The general membership of the Board of Advocates is comprised of over 60 students who participate in competitions in three main areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Trial Advocacy, and Appellate Advocacy. Competition for a place on these teams is fierce during the Board’s yearly try-out process, with multiple students vying for each spot. Teams receive coaching from professors, Executive Board Members, alumni, and fellow students.
The Board also places a strong emphasis on training fellow students and future members through internal competitions, such as the annual McBaine Moot Court Competition, the Halloum Business and Negotiations Competitions, and the Bales Trial Competition. For our 2014 competition, the panel will be anchored by Janet Napolitano, President of the UC system. Judges for these events in past years have included Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer, and just last year the final was judged by Judge Robert Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge Sandra Ikuta of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Judge Jon S. Tigar of the Northern District of California.
The Board of Advocates also provides opportunities throughout the year for students to nurture their interest in advocacy. On October 9, 2013, in partnership with the California Constitution Center, the Board welcomed the California Supreme Court for a special session at Berkeley Law. The Board also organizes annual events such as Ninth Circuit Day, which provides students a rare chance to see the federal court in action in an academic setting.
Contact the 2013-2014 Board of Advocates Co-Chairs, Christine Chan and Christopher Heckman, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org