2016 NBTA Tournament of Champions

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The National Board of Trial Advocacy and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law congratulate all of the schools that participated in the 2016 Tournament of Champions! Thank you for making this tournament a huge success. Click here for photos of the event.

Congratulations to our Champion, Finalist, Semifinalists, and Best Advocates!

Champion

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law (Team D)

Finalist

California Western School of Law (Team P)

Semifinalists

Chicago-Kent College of Law (Team G)

Loyola Law School Los Angeles (Team M)

Best Advocate

Philip Pasquarello, Drexel University

Best Advocates, Preliminary Rounds

James Caress, Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Bryce Hensley, Chicago-Kent college of Law

Anthony Vargas, California Western School of Law

 

Thank you again to our generous sponsors:

National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), GJEL Accident Attorneys, Keker & Van Nest LLP, and Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger.

 
Keker & Van Nest
 

Information for Competitors and Coaches

Information for Judges and Evaluators

Information for Volunteers

Announcements

About Tournament of Champions

Participating Law Schools

 

Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 20, 2016 – Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

5:30-7:30 p.m.          Registration & Welcome Reception

7:30-8:30 p.m.          Coaches’ Meeting

Friday, October 21, 2016Phillip Burton Federal Building

8:00 a.m.          Breakfast (provided)  

8:30 a.m.          Evaluators’ Meeting              

9:00 a.m.          Preliminary Round 1              

12:15 p.m.         Lunch (provided)

1:30 p.m.          Evaluators’ Meeting              

2:00 p.m.         Preliminary Round 2             

Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Phillip Burton Federal Building and Keker & Van Nest LLP

8:00 a.m.        Breakfast (provided)  

8:30 a.m.         Evaluators’ Meeting              

9:00 a.m.         Preliminary Round 3

12:15 p.m.        Lunch (provided)

1:30 p.m.          Evaluators’ Meeting

2:00 p.m.         Preliminary Round 4

6:00 p.m.         Reception and Announcements (Keker & Van Nest LLP)

Sunday, October 23, 2016 – Phillip Burton Federal Building

8:00 a.m.         Breakfast (provided)

8:30 a.m.         Evaluators’ Meeting

9:00 a.m.         Semifinal Round

12:15 p.m.        Lunch (provided)

1:30 p.m.          Evaluators’ Meeting

2:00 p.m.         Final Round and Awards Ceremony

 

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Event Locations

Competition

Phillip Burton Federal Building

450 Golden Gate Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102-3489

Map

 

Thursday Reception

Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

650 California Street

San Francisco, CA 94108

Map

 

Saturday Reception

Keker & Van Nest LLP

633 Battery Street

San Francisco, CA  94111-1809

Map

 

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Hotel Information

Parc 55 San Francisco – A Hilton Hotel
55 Cyril Magnin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102, US
 
We have reserved a block of rooms for TOC participants and coaches. For reservations, please click here and select “ATTENDEE.”
 

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Announcements

  • Please note that there is a change in the schedule on Thursday, October 20. The new schedule for Thursday is as follows:

    5:30-7:30 p.m.          Registration & Welcome Reception

    7:30-8:30 p.m.          Coaches’ Meeting

  • 2016 Tournament of Champions Pairings

 

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About Tournament of Champions

In 1989, Professor Charles E. “Chuck” Kirkwood of the University of Akron School of Law hosted the first Tournament of Champions Trial Competition. He invited the best trial advocacy law schools in the nation. Invitations were based on performance over the years in two “open” student trial competitions: the Texas Young Lawyers National Trial Competition (NTC) and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now American Association for Justice) National Student Trial Advocacy Competition (AAJ). The tournament was informal and fun, with a focus on outstanding trial advocacy skills.

Today, the tournament is one of the premier law school trial competitions in the nation and is known for having the highest quality of congeniality and good sportsmanship. Each year, sixteen schools are invited. The invitations are based on a three-year performance record at NTC and AAJ. The Tournament of Champions is generously sponsored by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), GJEL Accident Attorneys, Keker & Van Nest LLP, and Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger.

 

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2016 Participating Law Schools

Yale Law School

Syracuse University College of Law

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Wake Forest University School of Law

Baylor Law School

University of Akron School of Law

IIT Chicago Kent College of Law

Washington University College of Law, St. Louis

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

University of Colorado School of Law

Stetson University College of Law

Samford University Cumberland School of Law

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

California Western School of Law

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Harvard University School of Law

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