The University of Akron - A Winning Tradition
In the last 25 years Akron trial teams have been champions or Co-champions in the 41 district tournaments sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) or Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition (ABA/NTC). At the national level, they have placed second four times in the ATLA or NTC Tournaments, were national quarterfinalists eight times, national semifinalists twice, and national champions in the 2004 ATLA Tournament. Additionally, Akron teams have been invited to compete in the prestigious National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Tournament of Champions 18 times since 1989. Akron won the National Championship in 2003 and also won Best Advocate honors. Akron placed second at the Tournament in 2004 and won the Award for Best Advocate, Preliminary Rounds. Akron also placed second in that tournament in 2005 and 2007 once again won the Best Advocate Award.
In 2007, the team won the National Civil Trial Competition and took home Best Advocate honors. The team also advanced to the semifinal round of the National Criminal Trial Competition/Buffalo-Niagara Tournament the same year.
Locally, Akron's advocates have been champions or co-champions at the Case Western Reserve University Trial Tournament every year 1998 - 2004. Akron's advocates have also taken first place honors at the Landskroner Foundation for Children Closing Argument Competition six times in the past eight years.
Akron's moot court teams have also achieved numerous successes. Akron won the National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law in 2010 and fielded the best oralist in the competition. Also in 2010, the Giles Sutherland Rich Team was the regional runner-up and won the regional award for best brief. Many other moot court teams have won awards for their oral and briefing skills, and have advanced to the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of prestigious competitions.
Each year Akron Law competes in a number of national mock trial competitions. During fall semester, students participate in the Landskroner Foundation for Children Closing Argument Competition ; the National Civil Trial Competition ; the Buffalo/Niagara National Criminal Trial Tournament ; the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Tournament of Champions ; and the Battle of Ohio Competition. -More