Third year law student, TerryAnn Howell, took home the Exceptional Advocate honor during the Seventeenth Annual National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational sponsored by the Georgetown University Law Center Barrister’s Council. The White Collar Crime Invitational is a three-day trial advocacy competition which features a federal criminal trial focused on white collar issues. Past problems include insurance fraud, honest services fraud, and lying to federal investigators. This year’s tournament was held at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse at Judiciary Square in Washington, D.C. and featured 80 student competitors from 20 law schools, including Georgetown, George Washington, John Marshall, South Texas, Stanford, and the University of Virginia.
The competition consists of three preliminary rounds, followed by a semi-final and final round. During each mock trial each student advocate is expected to conduct the direct examination of a witness, the cross examination of a witness, and to present either the opening statement or the closing argument of the case. The advocates are evaluated on their professionalism in making routine objections and handling exhibits. A judge and a “jury” of experienced trial attorneys scores the performances.
TerryAnn Howell, Yanelis Zamora (2L), Sally Pendleton (3L), and Dylan Gonzalez (3L) made up the FIU Law team and took on the toughest squads during the opening rounds; narrowly missing the chance to reach the Final Four.