LSU Law Hosts Region 11 National Trial Competition

The LSU Law Center recently hosted the Region 11 round of the 32nd Annual National Trial Competition in downtown Baton Rouge.

All trials were held in the courtrooms of the Baton Rouge City Court and the 19th Judicial District Court, with 24 teams from 12 law schools across Louisiana and Texas competing. The top two teams in the regional competition were declared Regional Winners and invited to participate in the National Finals held in Houston in March.

In addition to two teams of LSU Law students in the competition, approximately 150 attorneys and judges from Louisiana and surrounding states came to judge each of the competition rounds. Additionally, more than 200 LSU Law students, LSU undergraduate students and others volunteered their time to serve as witnesses and timekeepers throughout the competition. Because so many members of the LSU and Baton Rouge community pulled together to volunteer for this event, this competition was a huge success for LSU Law and its Trial Advocacy programs.

A special thanks to Shelby McKenzie, state chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers; the esteemed judges and attorneys who volunteered their time, effort, and skill; the student volunteers; and faculty and staff who worked so hard to make the competition a success.

This prestigious competition was established in 1975 by the Texas Young Lawyers Association to encourage and strengthen students’ advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program is sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education.

LSU Law students participating on competition teams are selected based on their performance in a unified tryout procedure held by the Trial Advocacy Board during the fall semester prior to the competition. The Trial Advocacy Board is a student organization that serves the purpose of providing practical trial experience to the student body of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center. To accomplish this objective, the board organizes the Ira S. Flory Trial Competition for students of the Law Center and coordinates teams to send to interschool trial competitions.

Members of the Trial Advocacy Board
Rachel Broussard
Gabrielle Charles
Nick Dietzen
Melanie Goolsby
Amanda Gross
Brianna Guerin
Chais Sweat
Kelly Walsh

LSU Law Faculty and Staff
Todd Bruno
Grace Barry
Melinda Braud