2020 TYLA National Trial Competition – Region 14 – For Judges

Welcome, Judges!

This year, Berkeley Law will host the regionals of the National Trial Competition, one of the premier law school trial competitions in the nation. The competition will be held January 30-February 2, 2020, at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco.  We need experienced trial attorneys to serve as judges for trials, as follows:

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 5:00p.m.-9:00p.m. (36-48 judges)
Friday, January 31, 2020, 5:00p.m.-9:00p.m. (36-48 judges)
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 8:30a.m.-1:00p.m. (36-48 judges)
Saturday, February 1, 2020, 1:30p.m.-5:00p.m. (12-16 judges)

Judges will be asked to score the teams on the basis of their trial skills, as demonstrated in direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, handling of exhibits, use and argument of objections, and arguments to the jury.  One volunteer in each courtroom will also be asked to conduct the trial, including ruling on objections. Presiding judges will be assigned based on years of trial experience.

We would be honored if you would serve as a judge on Thursday or Friday evening, or Saturday morning or afternoon. For more information and to sign up, please use the form below:

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Karvelot, the Berkeley Law Advocacy Competitions Coordinator, at bkarvelot@law.berkeley.edu.  Thank you very much in advance for your support. We look forward to seeing you in January/February!

 

Sign-Up Form for Judges

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Competition Location

Phillip Burton Federal Building

450 Golden Gate Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102-3489

Map

 

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Competition Schedule

Please note there is a mandatory meeting for judges 45 minutes prior to each round.

THURSDAY, JAN. 30, 2020

3:00 p.m.                    Coaches’ Meeting                                                          
4:45 p.m.                     Assembly at the Courthouse
5:15 p.m                       Briefings of Evaluators, Witnesses, and Bailiffs
5:30 p.m.                     Witnesses Released to Trials
5:45 p.m.                     Judges and Attorneys Released to Trials
6:00  p.m.                    Trials Begin

FRIDAY, JAN. 31, 2020

4:45 p.m.                    Assembly at the Courthouse
5:15 p.m.                     Briefings of Evaluators, Witnesses, and Bailiffs
5:30 p.m.                    Witnesses Released to Trials
5:45 p.m.                     Judges and Attorneys Released to Trials
6:00 p.m.                    Trials Begin

SATURDAY, FEB. 1, 2020         

8:30 a.m.                     Assembly at the Courthouse
8:45-9:00 a.m.           Briefings of Evaluators, Witnesses, and Bailiffs
9:00 a.m.                     Witnesses Released to Trials
9:15 a.m.                       Judges and Attorneys Released to Trials
9:30 a.m.                      Trials Begin

1:00 p.m.                      Invitation of Coaches to Review Ballots and Semi-Final Round Pairings
1:15 p.m.                       Announcement of Semi-Final Round Pairings
1:45-2:00 p.m.            Briefings of Evaluators, Witnesses, and Bailiffs
2:00 p.m.                     Witnesses Released to Semi-Final Rounds
2:15 p.m.                       Judges and Attorneys Released to Semi-Final Rounds
2:30 p.m.                      Semi-Final Rounds Begin

SUNDAY, FEB. 2, 2020         

8:30 a.m.                      Assembly at the Courthouse
8:45-9:00 a.m.            Briefings of Evaluators, Witnesses, and Bailiffs
9:00 a.m.                      Witnesses Released to Final Rounds
9:15 a.m.                       Judges and Attorneys Released to Final Rounds
9:30 a.m.                      Final Rounds Begin

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