The Advocates

 

James Hippard Sr. Mock Trial Competitions

ABOUT THE JAMES HIPPARD SR. MOCK TRIAL COMPETITIONS
The Advocates host two James Hippard Sr. Mock Trial Competitions during the academic year: the Hippard Open (in the Fall Semester) and the Hippard Novice (in the Spring Semester). 

A Hippard Mock Trial Competition Team is composed of two UHLC students who prepare and argue the case for both sides, including opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments.  Each team must also recruit witnesses to provide the live testimony.  Competition rounds are judged by volunteers from the Houston legal community judge who frequently offer competitors feedback at the end of their rounds to help them improve their skills.  Teams are scored on their Motion In Limine, opening statements, direct & cross examinations, closing arguments, objections, courtroom presence, and demeanor.

UHLC students, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to attend the Final Rounds in the Vinson & Elkins courtroom (111 TUII).  All other competition rounds are closed to the public.

HIPPARD OPEN MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION ELIGIBILITY (Fall Semester)
All UHLC students are eligible and invited to compete in the Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition

HIPPARD NOVICE MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION ELIGIBILITY (Spring Semester)
The Hippard Novice Mock Trial Competition is open only to UHLC students with less than one year of experience on the UHLC Mock Trial Team.

COURSE CREDIT & PRIZES
UHLC students can earn 1 hour of non-substantive competition credit by (1) making a good-faith effort in the Competition and (2) completing and timely submitting the writing assignment for the Competition that is described in the Competition Rules. 

Click here to complete a Competition Credit Petition.

The Competition Teams that advance to the Final Round will receive a cash prize.  The Best Speaker in the Final Round of each competition will also be recognized.

LEARNING LUNCHES & COMPETITION SIGN UP
The Advocates will kick off the signup period for each Competition with a Learning Lunch on campus that will provide an orientation to mock trial competition and tips for competitors.

The sign up period begins at the Learning Lunch, and interested students can also sign up at The Advocates table in The Commons.  The competition problem will be distributed to Competition Teams upon signing up.

Past James Hippard Sr. Mock Trial Competition Winners

Hippard Open

IMPORTANT DATES
2014 Hippard Open Learning Lunch: September 10
2014 Hippard Open Signups: September 10 – September 19
2014 Hippard Open Competition Dates:
Preliminary Rounds – September 26 – September 27
Quarter Final Rounds – September 29
Semi-Final Rounds – October 1
Final Round – October 3
For-Credit Writing Assignment Due by 12:01 a.m. Saturday October 11

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Katie James Ray, the 2014-2015 Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition Director.

Hippard Novice

IMPORTANT DATES
2015 Hippard Novice Learning Lunch: January 28
2015 Hippard Novice Signups: January 28 – February 4
2015 Hippard Novice Competition Dates:
Preliminary Rounds – February 6 – February 8
Quarter Final Rounds – February 9
Semi-Final Rounds – February 11
Final Round – February 13
For-Credit Writing Assignment Due by 12:01 a.m. Saturday February 21

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Cheuck Yee, the 2014-2015 Hippard Novice Mock Trial Competition Director.