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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 Law strikes again! Yet another advocacy team has advanced in a mock trial competition, this time in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy 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 participate in the AAJ Nationals from March 27 to April 2, 2017.

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UMKC Law Team Advances to 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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UMKC Law Student Tries and Wins Texas County Trial

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-10-19-57-am“We received a guilty verdict in eight minutes,” Taylor Haas, a third-year law student at UMKC School of Law, said of a trial he won this past weekend.

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UMKC Law Trial Team Places Second in Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition

trialteamFrom October 13-15, the UMKC School of Law trial team competed in and ultimately placed second in the Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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UMKC Law Celebrates Faculty Achievement at Leaders in Learning Gala

2016 leaders in learningIn September, the 2016 Leaders in Learning Gala Dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel celebrated and introduced a new phase of faculty award recognition for the university, including for UMKC School of Law.

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UMKC Law Students Compete in Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition

From May 22-27, 2016, two UMKC School of Law students, Chriska François and Joli Patel, competed in the 21st Annual Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. at the American University College of Law. The competition trains students how to use the Inter-American human rights legal system to redress human rights violations. Althoug the team did not advance, François was awarded Best Oralist in the State in English.

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National Jurist Rates UMKC Law A- in Trial Advocacy

Show Me Challenge Champions - Washburn University School of Law

In the spring 2016 issues of the National Jurist, UMKC School of Law was ranked #12 on the Best Schools for Practical Skills Training and later rated an A- in Trial Advocacy. UMKC Law’s advocacy program continues to grow each year, and the Show Me Challenge has become a nationally respected and successful part of the program. In addition, Trial Advocacy students have been led to many tournament victories throughout the past few years.

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