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White Collar Crime Invitational

The White Collar Crime Invitational is a three-day trial advocacy competition hosted by the Georgetown University Law Center Barristers’ Council. It features a federal criminal trial focused on white collar issues. Past problems include insurance fraud, honest services fraud, and lying to federal investigators.

Eighteen of the nation’s top trial advocacy programs journey to Washington for the competition, which is judged by legal professionals from the greater D.C. Area. The competition is held in the H. Carl Moultrie D.C. Superior Courthouse and in the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Federal Courthouse, both located in the heart of Washington, D.C.

2018 Application 

The application to compete at the White Collar invitational is not yet available. If you have any questions regarding applications, please contact the White Collar Director at whitecollargeorgetown@gmail.com.

Judges 

If you are interested in judging rounds in the 2018 competition, please contact the White Collar Director at whitecollargeorgetown@gmail.com.

Date and Time

The 2017 competition was held from October 20-22, 2017. Dates for 2018 have not yet been announced.

Format

The competition consists of three guaranteed preliminary rounds, followed by a semi-final and final round. During each mock trial each student advocate is expected to conduct the direct examination of a witness, the cross examination of a witness, and to present either the opening statement or the closing argument of the case. The advocates will also be evaluated on their professionalism in making routine objections and handling exhibits. A judge and a “jury” of experienced trial attorneys will score the performances. Each trial should last about three hours, followed by a short period of comment by the evaluators. Each team will be provided with their evaluations at the gala on Saturday evening. In the final round, teams will prosecute or defend as follows: if the teams have met before, the teams will switch sides; otherwise, a coin toss will determine the assignment of sides. 

Competitor Information

Each team must consist of four law students, i.e., students who are enrolled, in good standing, currently attending the law school which they represent, and working towards a J.D. degree or its equivalent. A faculty or other advisor should accompany each team. In each trial round, two students will be advocates and two students will be witnesses for their own trial team. A student may be an advocate or a witness in any trial but cannot be both advocate and witness in the same trial; i.e., “permanent witnesses” are permitted. This choice is for each participating team to make. 

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the White Collar Director at whitecollargeorgetown@gmail.com

2017 White Collar Crime Invitational Competitors 

  • Participants:
    American University Washington College of Law
    Brooklyn Law School
    Fordham University School of Law
    George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
    George Washington University Law School
    Harvard Law School
    Howard University School of Law
    John Marshall Law School
    Loyola University Chicago School of Law
    New York University School of Law
    St. John’s University School of Law
    University of Akron School of Law
    University of Houston Law Center
    University of Maryland School of Law
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Texas at Austin School of Law
    Vanderbilt University Law School
    William and Mary Law School

Past White Collar Crime Invitational Finalists

2017
Champion: New York University School of Law
Runner-up: Harvard Law School
Semifinalist: Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Semifinalist: 
University of Texas at Austin School of Law

2016
Champion: New York University School of Law
Runner-up: Chicago-Kent College of Law
Semifinalist: University of Houston Law Center
Semifinalist: 
William and Mary Law School

2015
Champion: University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Runner-up: Chicago-Kent College of Law
Semifinalist: Emory University School of Law
Semifinalist: New York University School of Law

2014
Champion: New York University School of Law
Runner-up: University of Houston Law Center
Semifinalist: Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Semifinalist: Baylor Law School

 

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