The 2023 James J. Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition will be held in person on November 10-12.
DATES FOR THE 2023 JAMES J. HIPPARD OPEN MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION Lunch & Learn– Thursday, October 17 at 12 PM in Room 210 and via Zoom Registration Starts – Thursday, October 18 at 12 PM Registration Ends – Monday, October 24 at 9:00 AM Competition – Friday to Sunday, November 10 through 12
Tentative Competition Schedule Friday, November 10, Rounds at 8:30 AM & 12:30 PM Saturday, November 11, Rounds at 9:30 AM & 2:00 PM Sunday, November 12, Rounds at 9:30 AM & 2 PM
WITNESS AND PARTNER SEARCH If you are looking for a partner or witnesses, put your information on this spreadsheet.
Step 1 Pay for your team on PayPal, and save your confirmation number. There are three payment options: (1) $20 if both team members are also Advocates members, (2) $100 if both team members are non-Advocates members, or (3) $60 for half and half.
Please note in the payment for the names of each teammate and “James J. Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition.”
ABOUT THE COMPETITION A Hippard Mock Trial Competition Team comprises 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 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.
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. 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.
Do you have questions or need more information? Email Abigail Ballance, Director of the Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition.