Legal Community Invited to Help Judge Loyola Law School’s 6th Annual National Civil Trial Competition

The NCTC Will Be Held November 15-17, 2007 in Los Angeles and is Sponsored by Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP

LOS ANGELES–LAWFUEL- The Legal Newswire – Loyola Law School will be holding its 6th annual National Civil Trial Competition in Los Angeles from November 15 through November 17, 2007, and is again extending an invitation to members of the greater Los Angeles legal community to volunteer their time to judge one of the competitive rounds. Recognized nationally as one of the top among the circuit of law school trial advocacy competitions, the National Civil Trial Competition is “by invitation only” and was started in 2002 by Loyola Law School Prof. Susan Poehls ( and is sponsored by the Santa Monica, CA. law firm of Greene Broillet & Wheeler (

The volunteer judges will preside over a hypothetical civil suit (drawn from a recent headline making case) involving claims of racial harassment by a firefighter alleging that co-workers put dog food in his spaghetti. Sixteen of the nation’s leading law schools will compete. Preliminary rounds will be held on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16, 2007 at the United States Federal Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. The semi-final and final rounds will be held on campus at Loyola Law School on Saturday, November 17 and culminate in an awards banquet that evening at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.

The National Civil Trial Competition gives second and third year law students an opportunity to develop and display the skills of a successful civil litigator. More than 60 law schools applied to participate in the tournament. The schools selected to compete this year include: University of Akron School of Law, University of Alabama Law School, Barry University School of Law, Chicago Kent College, University of Connecticut School of Law, University of Denver College of Law, Hastings College of Law, University of Houston Law Center, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, Stetson University College of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Syracuse University College of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Washington University in St. Louis. Each school will send a four-member team and is required to argue both sides of the case and to role-play as parties and witnesses.

“One of the reasons that the National Civil Trial Competition is such a success is the enthusiastic response that we receive from the LA legal community,” stated Prof. Susan Poehls. “Members of both the plaintiffs’ and defense bar come together to give students a very realistic sense of what actually happens during a trial. It really makes for an exciting competition.”

“This year’s competition should be exceptionally lively,“ stated Timothy J. Wheeler, managing partner of Greene Broillet & Wheeler and a 1978 Loyola Law School graduate, “especially since the case that will be argued sparked a certain amount of controversy in our community. It’s guaranteed to be an interesting case to try for students and judges alike – something that everyone can really sink their teeth into.”

GO TO: Then, scroll down to the
bottom of the page for a Judges Response Form.

Jennifer Klein, NCTC Program Coordinator
Loyola Law School
Tel: 213-736-1071

Prof. Susan Poehls
Loyola Law School (
Tel: 213-736-8173

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