Welcome to the LSU Law Center Trial Advocacy Board’s website. The LSU Law Center’s Trial Advocacy program sponsors a number of interschool teams that compete in national trial advocacy and alternative dispute resolution competitions, as well as the intra-school Ira S. Flory Trial Competitions, the Arbitration Competition, and the Opening Statement Competition for second-year law students.  The Trial Advocacy program is directly administered by the student-run Trial Advocacy Board, with faculty supervision by Professor Jeffrey Brooks, Director of LSU’s Advocacy and Externship Programs.

If you have any questions about the Trial Advocacy Board or the various Trial Advocacy competitions, please contact the Board at trialadvocacy@law.lsu.edu.  You can also “Like” the Trial Advocacy Board on Facebook!


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Registration Open for 2014 Arbitration Competition

Registration for the LSU Arbitration Competition, an internal ADR competition for second and third-year LSU Law students, is now open! This year’s case, Port Adair Sports Authority vs. New Dover Corsairs, is a breach-of-lease case involving the collapse of a stadium dome and the relocation of a sports team’s games. Teams can register on the Trial Ad Board’s website under the “ADR” tab or by visiting http://trialadvocacy.law.lsu.edu/adr/arbitration/.

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Congratulations to John Richards and Danielle Borel, winners of the Fall 2013 Ira S. Flory Trial Competition!  The Honorable Shelley Dick (’88) of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, the Honorable William Morvant  (’85) of the 19th Judicial District Court and the Honorable Trudy White (’81) of the 19thJudicial District Court, judged the competition which took place September 30 at the LSU Law Center.

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LSU Law Center 2013 Opening Statement Competition Winners


Congratulations to Ben Aguiñaga and Kiara Gradney, the winners of the 2013 LSU Law Center Opening Statement Competition!! Many thanks to our final round judges, the Hon. Pamela Baker of the East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court, Mr. Darwin Miller of the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office, and Mr. Chad Ikerd of the 15th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office.

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Fall 2013 Flory Problem Now Available!

The Fall 2013 Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition problem, State of Louisiana v. Jonah Ryan, is now available in the “Flory” section of this website.  The Fall Flory Trial Problem is used for:

  • The 2013 Opening Statement Competition.  Open exclusively to 2Ls, the Opening Statement Competition provides second-year students with an introductory trial advocacy experience.  Competitors present an opening statement (a maximum of seven minutes) to a panel of attorneys and judges.  The Opening Statement Competition will begin on August 28.  For more information, visit the “Opening Statement” section of this website.
  • Trial Advocacy External Team Tryouts.  2L and 3L students trying out for the Law Center’s external (“interschool”) Trial Advocacy competition teams will be required to present opens, closes, directs, and/or crosses based on the Fall Flory Problem.  Trial Team tryouts will be held September 6-8.   For more information, visit the “External Teams” section of this website.
  • The Fall 2013 Flory Trial Competition.  The Flory Trials are held each semester, and are open to teams of second and third-year law students.  Teams are required to put on a full criminal trial, and compete in elimination rounds for the chance to be declared the Flory Trials victor.  A full schedule and competition rules are available on the “Flory” section of this website.

For those interested in participating in any of the above events, the Trial Advocacy Board will hold an intensive trial skills workshop/boot camp, open to all 2Ls and 3Ls, on Sunday, August 25, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the Law Center.  Board members and external team coaches will walk participants through opening statements, closing arguments, direct examinations, cross examinations, objections, and other trial techniques.

Students seeking more information about the Trial Advocacy Board’s various events should plan to attend the Advocacy Programs General Interest Meeting on Tuesday, August 20, at 12:40 pm in the Auditorium.  Lunch will be provided.

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Spring 2013 Arbitration Competition

The Trial Advocacy Board is pleased to announce the 2013 LSU Arbitration Competition.  Open to teams of second and third-year law students, the Arbitration Competition is an internal competition at LSU to develop students’ alternative dispute resolution skills through participation in the arbitration process.  This year’s case file, Alex Bergstrom v. Northern Care Homes LLC, is an employment law dispute.

The preliminary rounds of the Competition will be held the evenings of January 29th and 31st, with the final round scheduled for February 6th.  Teams can obtain a copy of the problem and register for the competition by visiting the competition’s section of this website, under the ADR tab.  For those unfamiliar with arbitration procedures, the Board has prepared a “Quick and Dirty Guide”, which is available in the competition’s section of the website.  There are also additional resources available under the ADR tab of the Board’s website.

Questions about the competition should be directed to the Board at trialadvocacy@law.lsu.edu or to Professor Brooks at jeff.brooks@law.lsu.edu.

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Fall 2012 Opening Statement Competition

Registration for the Fall 2012 Opening Statement Competition is now open.  Second-year students can register for the Opening Statement Clinic and Competition by visiting the “Opening Statement” section of this website.  Competitiors are strongly encouraged to attend the Trial Ad Board’s workshop this Saturday, August 18, at 10 am in the Robinson Courtroom.

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Fall 2012 Flory Trial Problem

The Fall 2012 Flory Trial Problem, State of Louisiana v. Jonathan Spencer, is now available under the “Flory” tab of this website.  This problem will be used in the 2012 Opening Statement Competition, the Fall 2012 Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition, and in Trial Advocacy Team Tryouts.  Questions about the problem should be sent to flory@law.lsu.edu.

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LSU Law to Host Regional of the National Trial Competition

The LSU Law Center is pleased to have been selected as a regional host of the 2013 TYLA National Trial Competition. The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students’ advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education.  Over three hundred teams compete in the competition, which is sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.  The Law Center has been selected as the regional host for Region 10, which encompasses all law schools in Texas and Louisiana.  The competition will be held at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in March 2013.  For more information, or to volunteer as a judge for the competition, please contact trialadvocacy@law.lsu.edu.

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LSU Arbitration Competition

Registration is now open for the Law Center’s new internal Arbitration Competition.  Teams of two students will compete in a simulated employment dispute submitted for panel arbitration.  Information on the competition can be found under the ADR tab of this website.  For more information, please email the Board at trialadvocacy@law.lsu.edu.

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Spring 2012 Flory Trial Competition

The Spring 2012 Flory Trial Problem, George O’Malley v. Flory Grace Hospital, et al., is now available on the Flory Trials section of this website.  Registration for the Flory Trials is open to teams of second and third-year LSU Law students.  For more information on the Flory Trials, please email flory@law.lsu.edu.

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