Students who want to become trial lawyers and want additional practice opportunities may try out for the Moe Levine Trial Team. Named for the late Morris (Moe) Levine, a trial advocate who inspired the growth of trial advocacy education, the Team’s primary purpose is to advance the art of trial advocacy by preparing for and competing in regional and national trial advocacy competitions. The Team also competes in the Hugh B. Pearce Competition against the team from The Commonwealth Law School in Harrisburg. Team membership is determined by the applicant’s competency in trial advocacy, knowledge of the Rules of Evidence, and ability to dedicate time and energy to the Team. As a team member, you will participate in training sessions and workshops as you prepare for competitions all under the tutelage of experienced coaches. You will develop your trial skills in a fun, competitive environment and earn credentials valuable to employers.
Students wishing to compete on the Team must also register for the “Interscholastic Trial Colloquium”, a one-credit course held for seven (7) weeks during the fall semester. Only those students who successfully complete this course may be selected for the Team. Preparation for trial competitions involves hard work, dedication and discipline; only those students who demonstrate those skills will be selected to compete on the Team. Finally, interested students must have completed courses in Evidence and either Trial Methods or ITAP (Intensive Trial Advocacy Program).
Professor John E. Savoth
Director, Moe Levine Trial Team
Professor Judy Ritter
Director, Taishoff Advocacy, Technology & Public Service Institute