Monday, April 2, 2012
Barry University Law edged out a victory over Harvard Law in the championship round of the 2012 National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition Saturday evening at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. The teams were so outstanding, the trial round so close, that at the conclusion of the final arguments, the trial Judge, Stanley Sacks, paused and then said, "Wow!" Judge Sacks, who has presided over some 450 jury trials in the criminal courts building in Chicago told the student advocates from Barry and Harvard that this was among the best and perhaps the best trial he had ever witnessed. The three juror-evaluators, all highly experience trial lawyers, concurred.
The finalists had prevailed in a field of 20 law school teams. drawn from all regions of the United States, and from Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Over 125 Chicago-area judges and trial lawyers evaluated contributed their time an talent to this award-winning competition. Their enthusiasm and dedication to the art of trial advocacy brings them back each year to help out
Barry, Harvard, and the semi-finalist teams from Creighton and Golden Gate, will return to compete in the 23rd annual competition in the spring of 2013. The competition will again be held at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
Hat tip to Professor Ron Smith, director of the competition, and congratulations to all the competitors.