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UMKC Law Places Third in Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition

Alison Stephens and Blake Smith after the Top Gun Mock Trial CompetitionAfter continually advancing in competitions, including three national trial competitions this past spring, UMKC School of Law was invited to participate in one of the most significant tournaments in the nation. The Baylor Law School Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition is an invitation-only mock trial tournament where the best advocates from the top 16 trial advocacy schools compete for the honor of Top Gun. Blake D. Smith (J.D. ’17), with the assistance of Alison Stephens (J.D. ’17), placed third as a semifinalist.

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Law School Faculty Awarded For Outstanding Service and Accomplishments

On Thursday, May 4 2017, UMKC School of Law hosted a Faculty Luncheon at the Diastole Scholar’s Center to recognize and award faculty members for their service and accomplishments. Our successful programs are made possible by our dedicated faculty, and they continue to improve different aspects of law education to benefit students.

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US News and World Report Ranks UMKC School of Law Advocacy Program Number 21 in the Nation

For the first time, US News and World Report has ranked the UMKC School of Law Trial Advocacy Program as number 21 in the nation. The advocacy program has continued to flourish under Douglas R. Stripp Professor, Rafe Foreman, and Professor Michaelle Tobin. UMKC teams have continually advanced in competitions, and just this spring, three teams advanced to national trial competitions. The program receives support from the UMKC Law Foundation, firms, and alumni, and the law school was also awarded  $1.4 million from the Kemper Family Foundations to expand the program even further.

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UMKC Law Finishes in Top Eight Teams in the National Trial Competition

The National Trial Competition, established in 1975, is the oldest and most prestigious trial competition in the United States. UMKC Law has advanced to the national tournament three times in the past five years. This year, from March 22-25, Blake Smith (J.D. ’17) and Jackson Hobbs (J.D. ’17) made it to the quarterfinals, finishing in the top eight teams out of the 28 teams entered.

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UMKC Law Competes in Nationals for American Association for Justice Competition

After winning regionals in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Competition, the team of Mollie Harmon (J.D. ’17), Nick Schmiemeier (J.D. ’17), Allison Stephens (J.D. ’18), and Taylor Haas (J.D. ’17) competed in the national tournament in Cleveland, Oh. from March 27 – April 2, 2017. This competition started with 224 teams all across the country, and only 16 teams advanced to AAJ Nationals. We invited two of the team members to share their experiences and feedback from the tournament.

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UMKC Law Advances in National Criminal Justice Trial Competition

The UMKC School of Law mock trial team struck again. From Thursday, March 16 to Saturday, March 18, a team of four students competed in the National Criminal Justice Trial Competition in Chicago, IL. This makes the third consecutive UMKC advance to the final four round of a competition this spring. 

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UMKC Law team Advances in AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition

UMKC has once again advanced in a mock trial competition, this time in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition. UMKC was in the top eight teams of 300 entered in the competition. The team consisted of Taylor Haas (3L), Mollie Harmon (3L), Nick Schmiemeier (3L) and Alison Stephens (2L). They will travel to Cleveland, OH to compete in the AAJ Nationals from March 27 to April 2.

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UMKC Law Team Wins Regional National Trial Competition

For the third time in the last five years, UMKC has a team advancing to nationals in National Trial Competition. The team of Blake Smith, Jackson Hobbs, and Andrew Hendrick were the regional winners of the National Trial Competition held in St. Louis. Hobbs is a second year law student at UMKC, whereas Hendrick and Smith are both third year law students. They will travel to Fort Worth, TX from March 22-25, to compete at the National Tournament.

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Last Team Standing Competition Offers Mock Trial Inspiration for 1L Students

On February 25-26, sixteen UMKC Law student teams competed in the 1L Last Team Standing Competition at law school. The Last Team Standing Mock Trial Competition is in its fifth year and is continuously providing insights and inspirations for 1L students at UMKC School of Law. This year’s last team standing was comprised of Ashley Crisafulli and Jordan Dollar, and the finalists were Melody Roberts and Sarah Smith.

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UMKC Law Receives $1.4 Million Gift from Kemper Foundation


xu8g7532UMKC School of Law received a $1.4 million gift from the Kemper Family Foundations of Kansas City for the Advocacy Program. Professor and Director of Advocacy, S. Rafe Foreman, built the program and the donor relationship which led to this significant gift.

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