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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, located in the heart of Washington, D.C.

2017 Application 

The application to compete at the White Collar invitational is now closed. If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact the White Collar Director at whitecollargeorgetown@gmail.com.

Judges 

If you are interested in judging rounds in the 2017 competition, please contact the White Collar Director at whitecollargeorgetown@gmail.com.

Date and Time

The 2017 competition will be held from October 20-22, 2017.

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

2016 White Collar Crime Invitational Competitors 

  • Participants:
    Brooklyn Law School
    John Marshall Law School
    American University Washington College of Law
    Georgetown University Law Center
    University of Maryland School of Law
    William and Mary Law School
    University of Texas at Austin School of Law
    Stanford Law School
    George Washington University Law School
    University of Houston Law Center
    Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
    University of Denver Strum College of Law
    Emory University School of Law
    Chicago-Kent College of Law
    University of Pennsylvania
    New York University School of Law
    Fordham University School of Law
    University of Connecticut

Past White Collar Crime Invitational Finalists

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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