Extravagant Vacations, Recorded Phone Calls, & (Alleged) Insider Trading! In March of 2019 TYLA and ACTL Hosted the National Trial Competition in San Antonio.

By: Tim Williams

Extravagant Vacations, Recorded Phone Calls & (Alleged) Insider Trading! They were all part of the storyline when competitors from across the country gathered in San Antonio for the 2019 National Trial Competition.

More than 300 teams competed for 30 spots in the competition and a chance to spar for the top prize. Only one team could go home victorious.

The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen law students’ advocacy skills through quality competition and to provide valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice. TYLA presents the competition, which attracts teams from more than 140 law schools and involves more than 1,000 law students each year.

Congratulations to the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, whose team finished first at the National Trial Competition.  The Catholic University of America’s team consisted of team members Jennifer Brooker and Vania Smith and coaches Lindsey Mervis and John Sharifi.  Vania Smith also took home the Best Oral Advocate Award.

The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (NTC Team 13)

Visit the TYLA website to view the full results of the competition and to learn more about NTC.

Tim Williams is a business litigation attorney in Amarillo where he is a member of the firm Sprouse Shrader Smith, PLLC.  Tim sits on the board of the Texas Young Lawyers Association.