Convention & Career Fair
51st Regional Convention
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50th Regional Convention
January 29–31, 2020
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Constance Baker Motley (left) speaking with Thurgood Marshall (right)
James Baldwin, a prominent debater during the Civil Rights Era.
Constance baker motley mock trial competition
The Regional Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition (CBMMTC) consists of a maximum of 18 teams. Rounds simulate a civil trial proceeding where each team, consisting of four members each, offers opening statements, direct and cross examination of witnesses, and closing arguments. The top three placing teams from the regional convention will be invited to compete at the National Convention Advocacy Competition. Advocates are evaluated on their overall courtroom presence, command of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, teamwork, and accuracy of objections. Each trial lasts approximately two and one-half hours.
THURGOOD MARSHALL MOOT COURT competition
The Regional Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition (TMMCC) consists of a maximum of 18 teams made up of two advocates per team. Teams will write briefs arguing on behalf of petitioner and respondent. Regional competitions will simulate an appellate oral argument proceeding. The top three placing teams from the regional convention will be invited to compete at the National Convention Advocacy Competition. For each round, oral arguments are evaluated on the competitor's overall ability as an appellate advocate. Each team consists of the two advocates per side speaking for an allotted time of no more than 30 minutes, including rebuttal. After each side articulates their argument, the judges score each competitor using the official TMMCC rubric. Overall, each round lasts no more than 1 1/2 hours from start, to finish.
JAMES BALDWIN Pre-law debate tournament
The James Baldwin Pre-Law Debate Tournament (JBPLDT) consists of a maximum of 18 teams. Rounds simulate elements of a mock trial and an appellate argument where each team, consisting of two members each, offers constructive arguments, cross-examination, and rebuttals. Advocates are evaluated on their overall courtroom presence, command of the source packet, teamwork, and mastery of persuasive skill. Each trial lasts approximately one and one-half hours.
Competitors must be undergraduate pre-law student division members who are members of nationally recognized NBLSA chapters. For a list of chapters, please click here. All questions should be addressed to the SRBLSA Pre-Law Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five educational sessions will be offered to pre-law students who wish to compete in this tournament. All teams who register will be invited to attend these sessions live, and the sessions will be recorded for students to view.