2023 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition Brings Elite Student Advocates to Baylor Law

May 17, 2023

2023 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition
Brings Elite Student Advocates to Baylor Law

WACO, Texas -

Baylor Law is excited to announce the upcoming Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition for 2023, which will bring together accomplished advocates from 16 prestigious trial advocacy schools across the country. From May 31 to June 4, Baylor Law will host this invitation-only tournament, generously sponsored by MG+M The Law Firm. The competition will provide a platform for students to demonstrate their advocacy skills and expertise in a unique and challenging environment.

Unlike other mock trial competitions, the Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition presents participants with distinctive challenges. Contestants will not have the luxury of pre-arrival preparation and will receive the case file a mere 24 hours before the opening rounds. Within this limited timeframe, competitors must immerse themselves in a variety of documents, extract the essential facts of the case, and meticulously prepare for trial.

Now in its fourteenth year, the Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition will showcase the exceptional talents of advocates from the following trial advocacy schools:

  • Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law - Sydney Kraft
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law - Andrew Thompson
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law - Razaul Haque
  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law - Clarke Doig
  • Fordham University School of Law - Jacqueline Hayes
  • Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law - Alexandra Laird
  • Howard University School of Law - Yvette Lopez
  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles - Ameen Hussaini
  • Mercer University School of Law - Isiah Chavis
  • Samford University Cumberland School of Law - Elise Driskill
  • South Texas College of Law Houston - Elleana Poulis
  • Stetson University College of Law - Cami DiGiacomo
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law - Chris Moore
  • UCLA School of Law - Regina Campbell
  • University of Georgia School of Law - Nicholas Lewis
  • University of Houston Law Center - Karina Sanchez

The Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition begins on Wednesday, May 31, with an evening orientation and welcome dinner. The following morning, participants will receive their case files, officially marking the beginning of the intense contest. The preliminary rounds will be held on June 2 and 3, leading to the semifinal round scheduled for 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 4.

The pinnacle of the competition will occur at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, as the final two contenders engage in a fierce showdown during the final round. The final round will be live-streamed and can be viewed at https://www.baylor.edu/law/live. In addition to bragging rights as the 2023 ‘Top Gun,’ the final round winner will take home the grand prize of $10,000, generously provided by MG+M The Law Firm.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ed Nelson, Director of Marketing & Communications
EMAIL: Ed_Nelson@Baylor.edu
PHONE: 254-710-6681

Established in 1857, Baylor Law was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,600 living alumni. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools, Baylor Law has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. Baylor Law boasts among its notable alumni two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court, and members of the Texas Legislature. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law’s trial advocacy program as among the best in the nation at No. 2. The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the “Best School for Practical Training” and No. 4 in the nation in its most recent “Best Law School Facilities” listing. Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since its inception in 1984. Learn more at baylor.edu/law

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Learn more at baylor.edu

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