Every spring, The George Washington University Law School’s Mock Trial Board hosts the Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition (ETAC) in sunny San Juan, Puerto Rico! This year marks the tournament’s 5th year. Preliminary rounds and a welome reception at the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce will take place on April 1, 2017 and the semi-final and final rounds will be held at the José V. Toledo Federal Courthouse in Old San Juan on April 2, 2017. At the close of the recepetion, awards are given to the winning team and the best oral advocate.
The ETAC Tournament is graciously sponsored by the law firm of Estrella, LLC. Estralla, LLC is a civil litigation law firm with a strong Retail and Consumer Affairs Practice. As such, the fact pattern of the ETAC case usually focuses on issues that large retail stores may face. In 2014, competitors argued a negligence case following an incident of alleged sexual harassment that occurred during a business trip. In 2015, competitors wrestled with a case involving an injury that occurred at a store’s promotional sumo event. In 2016, the case dealt with an alleged incident of a prescription error by a store’s pharmacy department that may have resulted in the death of a teenage boy.
The Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition is open to fourteen teams. Every year the Mock Trial Board invites a diverse range of participating law schools from all over the country. Participating teams have the opportunity to argue before local attorneys and judges, and receive significant feedback from the judges after each round.
Charlotte School of Law
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles