Trial Team

Chicago-Kent has earned a national reputation for having one of the top Trial Advocacy Programs in the country. A large part of this recognition is due to its trial advocacy teams, which have a long tradition of excellence at national and regional competitions. The law school has won the National Trial Competition, the premier trial advocacy competition in the United States, in 1988, 2007, 2008 and 2015, and they are currently ranked seventh in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Chicago-Kent's record is admirable. But while the school has learned that winning is better than losing, it has successfully resisted a "win at any cost" approach. Chicago-Kent students always take the high road. When they falter, coaches lead them. Compromise with principle is not tolerated. As a result, our team members, virtually without exception, have left the law school well prepared—in knowledge, talent and character—to enter the profession.


Past Competition Wins and Accolades:


  • Syracuse Law's National Trial League
    Finalists - Catherine Arnpriester, Claire Bullington, Jeniffer Dickey, Jenny Jung, Sandra Khouri
  • National Trial Competition
    National Quarterfinalists: 5th Place - Zoe Appler, Cole Gunter
    Regional Champions - Zoe Appler, Emily Salomone
    Regional Semifinalists - Cole Gunter, Razaul Haque
  • Queens District Attorney's National Trial Competition
    Quarterfinalists - Annora Alfonso, Lindsay Cardosi, Gaby Padilla-Abarca, Jon Walz
  • American Association for Justice Student Trial Competition
    Regional Finalists - Siri Arends-Graham, Rana Salem, Madison Wheeler, Nicholas Zito
  • South Texas Mock Trial Challenge
    Outstanding Advocate - Spencer Davidson
  • University of South Carolina Law's Trials and Tribulations National Trial Competition
    Quarterfinalists - Jumana Abdelrahman, Maeghann Hoal, Kristin Mariani, Sean Nevin
    Best Advocate - Jumana Abdelrahman
  • Drexel Battle of the Experts
    Best Advocate - Cole Gunter
  • Buffalo-Niagara National Trial Competition
    Quarterfinalists - Alexander Bennett, Samantha McHugh, Gabriela Padilla-Abarca, Spencer Davidson
  • National Civil Trial Competition
    Finalists - Zoe Appler, Cole Gunter, Annora Alfonso, Razaul Haque
    Best Closing Argument - Zoe Appler



  • Capitol City Challenge
    Semifinalists - Derek Bolka, Katrina O’ Regan, Alex Stark and Lilly Mashayek
  • NBLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
    Semifinalists - Bryant Roby and Alexandra Rogers
  • Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition
    National Semifinalists and Midwest Regional Champions - Annisha Arnold, Shawn-Anthony Meyer, Michael McGee and Cristina Alma McNeiley
    Best Regional Advocate, Midwest Region - Annisha Arnold
    First Runner Up, National Best Advocate - Annisha Arnold
  • Hofstra Medical Legal Mock Trial Competition
    Semifinalists - Breana Brill, Myles Carroll and Emin Drnovsek
    Best Use of an Expert - Emin Drnovsek
    Best Overall Advocate in Preliminary Round - Myles Carroll