Trial Advocacy Division
The Barristers’ Council at Georgetown University Law Center has supported competitive student advocacy for seventy years. The Trial Advocacy Division chooses its members through the annual intrascholastic William W. Greenhalgh Trial Advocacy Competition. Those who accept invitations to the Division undergo training with practitioner coaches. Georgetown Law’s trial advocacy curriculum supplements our program through clinical education and advocacy classes. The 2016 US News & World Report rankings place the Georgetown trial advocacy program 5th nationally. The Barristers’ Council Trial Advocacy Division hosts the annual National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational, an elite national tournament that hosts twenty teams by invitation.
The National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational
For almost two decades, Georgetown's National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational has been a standard in the law school mock trial community. Twenty teams from around the country are invited each year to try an original case based on a current issue in white-collar crime.
2015 Competition Information
The 2015 National White Collar Crime Invitational will be held November 13–15 in Washington, D.C. Twenty teams of four will compete in three preliminary rounds. Four teams will advance to the semifinals and two to the finals. Applications are open now and will be accepted until September 1. Invitations will be extended on a rolling basis.
Champion: New York University School of Law
Finalist: University of Houston Law Center
Semifinalists: Baylor Law School and St. John's University School of Law
The William W. Greenhalgh Trial Advocacy Competition
The William W. Greenhalgh Trial Advocacy Competition is the Law Center's intrascholastic mock trial tournament. Competition in the preliminary rounds is the only way to earn an invitation to join the Barristers' Council Trial Advocacy Division. The trial rounds seek to test the most talented advocates' skills and showcase their abilities to the Law Center community, practitioners, recruiters, and judges.
Registration for the Greenhalgh competition begins the first week of the Spring Semester, and the tournament runs through the beginning of February. For more information about the competition, contact Greenhalgh Director Alec Diamond. For information about getting involved with the trial advocacy program before tryouts, contact Trial Advocacy Director Haley Etchison.
Every team that represents Georgetown in interscholastic competition is coached by a trial practitioner. Senior coaching faculty provide advanced trial advocacy training on individual and small-group bases, focusing on the real-world legal challenges for which competitive mock trial helps prepare our advocates.
Senior Coaching Faculty
Georgetown is proud to have the highest-ranked student-run trial advocacy program in the country. Our division leadership is trained by the Senior Coaching Faculty and supported by Law Center administration.
Haley Etchison, Director of Trial Advocacy
Christopher Godin, Assistant Director of Trial Advocacy
Roy Chon, Finance Director
David Costello, Social Affairs Director
National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational
Beatrice Diehl, Director
James Hoeffgen, Assistant Director
Matthew McCarthy, Assistant Director
Apeksha Vora, Assistant Director
Team Liaisons: Sarah Balkisoon, Marissa Chiarolanzio, Joseph Frisone,
June Gargus, Christopher Harlem, Misty Morris, and Mariah Trisch
William W. Greenhalgh Trial Advocacy Competition
Alec Diamond, Director
Amarto Bhattacharyya, Assistant Director
Katherine McBeth, Assistant Director
Alexis Wilpon, Assistant Director
Michael Daniels, Evening Program Liaison
Case Committee: Matthew Covert and Daniel Kroepsch