Top Gun

The Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition is an innovative, invitation-only mock trial tournament where the single best advocates from some of the top 16 trial advocacy schools go head-to-head for the honor of Top Gun. The winner earns a $10,000 prize.

Unlike other mock trial competitions, participants do not receive the case file until they arrive in Waco, a mere 24 hours before the first round of trials begin. Preparation includes reviewing depositions, records, and photographs, and taking a trip to the actual places where events in the case supposedly occurred. Shortly before each round, competitors are assigned a witness or witnesses who may be used at their discretion during the round. The jurors for each round are distinguished trial lawyers and judges.


  • Kareem Aref – University of California, Davis School of Law
  • Jeananne Ayoub – Akron University School of Law
  • James Caress – Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • Allison Christian – Temple University, Beasley School of Law
  • Christopher Clark – Syracuse University College of Law
  • Colby Connell – Stetson College of Law
  • Matt Covert – Georgetown University Law Center
  • Connor Greene – Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Brandon Hughes – University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • Gramm Klein – South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Jacob Morse – Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
  • Amanda Mundell – Harvard Law School
  • Philip Pasquarello – Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel
  • Curtis Seal – Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • Blake D. Smith – University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
  • Kara Simmons – American University, Washington College of Law

Please contact Kathy Serr, Advocacy Program Coordinator at Baylor Law at or 254.710.3611 for more information.

2016 Top Gun Case Information and Competition Results