Semi-finalists represented Creighton University School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law.
Barry University student Aboubakr Maaroufi won the Best Advocate Award.
At the competition, the teams prosecuted and defended a law student accused of killing an undocumented worker, possibly in connection with the worker stealing the defendant’s winning lottery ticket.
The program, co-hosted by The John Marshall Law School and the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association, ran March 29 through 31, 2012, and brought together teams from 18 law schools across the United States and from Ateneo de Manila School of Law in the Philippines and Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law.
“The teams were so outstanding, the trial round so close, that at the conclusion of the final arguments, the trial Judge, Judge Stanley Sacks of the Circuit Court of Cook County, paused and then said, ‘Wow!’. He told the student advocates from Barry and Harvard that this was among the best trials—and perhaps the best trial—he had ever witnessed,” said John Marshall Professor Ronald Smith who organized the 22nd annual event.
John Marshall had the support of more than 125 judges and lawyers from the Chicago area who evaluated the teams over the three-day competition.
About The John Marshall Law School
The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago’s legal, financial and commercial districts. U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Graduate Schools 2012 ranks John Marshall in the top tier of law schools. Its Legal Writing Program is ranked sixth in the nation; Trial Advocacy is 13th and Intellectual Property Law is 20th. John Marshall offers the nation’s only graduate Employee Benefits Program. Its program in Information Technology and Privacy Law remains the only graduate law program in the country that emphasizes privacy as part of its core curriculum.