Charleston School of Law Trial Advocacy Board

The mission of the Charleston School of Law Trial Advocacy Board (TAB) is to prepare students to become ethical, experienced, and zealous lawyer-advocates.

Mission: The mission of the Charleston School of Law Trial Advocacy Board (TAB) is to prepare students to become ethical, experienced, and zealous lawyer-advocates. Participation is founded upon a student's commitment to the pursuit of excellence in advocacy and to ethically represent the Charleston School of Law through dedication and compliance with each team's rigorous and demanding practice schedule. Membership in TAB is a prestigious and highly coveted distinction that provides real-world training in trial skills. We compete throughout the United States – including Chicago, Charlotte, Memphis, Tuscaloosa, and Tampa – in “Invitational” Competitions, where even obtaining an invitation to compete is an honor. Students who possess a drive for excellence and who wish to advance their written and oral advocacy skills beyond the walls of a classroom are strongly encouraged to seek membership on the Board. TAB accepts new members during its annual internal competition. The trials are judged, critiqued, and scored by TAB directors, practicing attorneys, and judges. To be eligible, you must have completed your first year of law school (full or part-time), be in good academic standing, and be willing to commit the time, energy, and dedication needed to become a member of a championship team. Once selected for the Board, you will be given the opportunity to compete in interscholastic trial competitions against other law schools from across the United States. TAB teams compete year-round, and some competitions require preparation and practice during summer and winter breaks. However, not every student on the Board will compete every semester. Instead, TAB directors, coaches, and the Executive Board will individually select teams of usually 3 or 4 students for each competition. Occasionally, students will compete on a team comprised of members of other advocacy boards, including moot court. Membership on these teams is highly selective and will be based on the level of skill you exhibit during the internal TAB competition, your academic achievements, and your overall commitment to the Board. The external competitions require students to demonstrate their advocacy skills in both civil and criminal trials. Students will participate in simulated jury trials and will be judged by experienced trial advocacy professors, trial lawyers, and judges from across the United States. Trial competitions require extensive knowledge and skill in pretrial motions, opening and closing arguments, witness examinations, and the rules of Evidence. Membership on the Board is an exclusive privilege. If selected after trying out, you will be asked to devote a substantial amount of time and commitment to the Board; however, you will gain invaluable experience in the art of advocacy that will serve you far into the future. The School of Law's Trial Advocacy Board is a family within the law school, as any current member will tell you, and we look forward to inviting new members every year. If you have the desire to graduate with a skill unique to very few students – and, practicing lawyers – and if you want to travel nationwide and compete against the best and for the best, then the Trial Advocacy Board is an opportunity you should consider!

our next Student Spotlight features Becky Nicolella, 3L

If you are interested in competing in an external competition this fall please email [email protected] by this Friday, May 31!

starting off our Student Spotlight series is David Gentry !

2018-2019 Internal Competition
October 24, 2018
Champion - David Gentry & Player Long
Runner-Up - Alexis Kovolenko & ShelbyAnn Johnson
Honorable Joseph S. Mendelsohn presiding

Individual awards were presented to the following students:
Best Overall Advocate – Ryan McCullar
Best Opening Statement – Rebecca Nicolella
Best Direct Examination – David Gentry
Best Cross Examination – Kelly Barber
Best Closing Statement – Alexis Kovolenko

The following students were invited to join the Trial Advocacy Board for 2018-2019:
Kelly Barber
Beverly Bolyard
Kaitlin Cornwell
Bridgett Dudding
Christian Fazel
David Gentry
Issac Grosswiler
Charles Harkness
ShelbyAnn Johnson
Alexis Kovolenko
Player Long
Ryan McCullar
Meaghan McGovern
Rebecca Nicolella
Mark Watkins
James Watson
Forrest Wilkerson

annual Trial Ad/Moot Court Banquet!

Thank you everyone for coming to our general interest meeting!

We're back! Congrats to all our graduating 3Ls! & introducing our 2019-2020 Trial Advocacy Executive Board:
President - David Gentry
Vice President of Internal - ShelbyAnn Johnson
Vice President of External - Alexis Kovolenko
Vice President of Judge & Faculty Relations - Kelly Barber
Vice President of Media Relations - Bev Bolyard

Couple quick updates/congrats are in order. Because of travel and spring break, never got a chance to congratulate the AAJ team on their top 5 finish at AAJ regionals in Atlanta earlier this month! Also, congrats to the South Texas team who made the initial cut in Houston (lost to eventual tournament winner, UGA in round of 16). Two great showings this month!

Good luck to Colin, Ambree, Ivey, and Camden who are competing this weekend in Houston at the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge. Rounds vs Drexel and Stetson today.

Hailey Amico and Erika Staples getting ready for Round one at AAJ in Atlanta!

KJ. We love you! We will always love you!

Good luck to our team at the TYLA National Trial Competition in Raleigh today!

As we embark on another semester of competition, let’s think about the support we all give each other during these stressful times. And let’s remember the fun and love that KJ brings to our Trial Ad family!

Good luck to Coach Taylor Seman, Mallory Sikora, Sophia Sunderhaus, and Patty Rivera who are representing CSOL at the Costello Mock Trial Competition in Virginia! Round two starts today!

Student Bar Association - JD Heavyweights - 11-16-2017

Watch CSOL Trial Ad Competition winners Alex Sami Fadoul and Tyler Lynn Williams vs. Professors Todd Bruno and Bill Janssen in the JD Heavyweight Mock Trial. Awesome event. Thanks to SBA for putting it on

Todd Bruno Bill Janssen Alex Fadoul Tyler Williams

[10/21/17]   Good luck to all the Quarterfinalists today. Want some last minute advice??? Relax, SLOW DOWN, and have fun. Looking forward to a great day!

Mary Alden Jones named one of top five Outstanding Advocates at Palmetto State Classic Mock Trial. Congrats to her and coach Nick Smit.

Round three just ended. Now we wait...

Celebrating after Round 1 at Palmetto Classic!!!

Inaugural Palmetto State Classic Mock Trial Competition about to begin. Good luck teams.

Semifinals about to begin!

We went 4-0 and advanced to semifinals tomorrow. Alex Heaton won award for Best Opening Statement!

Team doing great after two rounds in Montgomery. Round 3 vs Drexel in the morning. Good luck!

[09/01/17]   Mark your calendars!
Trial Advocacy mandatory interest meetings:
Tuesday, September 12th at Noon and 5pm. B333!!! We look forward to seeing you there counselors!!

We would like to thank everyone who attended our Trial Advocacy Interest meeting today!! We look forward to seeing everyone participate in the internal competition in the fall! (Pictured we have President Alex Sami Fadoul and Kawohi Myers- VP of the Internal Competition speaking to our interested participants)

Two top 10 individuals and a national semifinalist. Awesome job!!!

Another picture from yesterday as our team got set to take down the competition in Kansas City! They did an awesome job and we can't wait to see what today has in store! #CSOL #TrialAd

Good luck to Ty, Brian Kiel, and Kawohi who compete today at the National "Show Me Challenge"...the only competition in the country that focuses on jury selection/voir dire.

We want to wish our team Good Luck and safe travels as they head to Kansas City for the Voir Dire Competition this weekend! #CSOL #TrialAd

Meet CSOL's Trial Advocacy Executive Board for the 2017-2018 School Year! We are looking forward to some exciting things in the upcoming year! We have:

Alex Fadoul, President (center)

Kawhoi Myers, Vice President of Internal Competitions (far left)

Sophia Sunderhaus, Vice President of External Competitions (right)

Bruna Soledade, Vice President of Faculty & Judge Relations (left)

Keith "KJ" Williams, Vice Presidents of Media Relations (far right)

Good luck to our team competing at AAJ in Raleigh this weekend!

Third round coming to end...results announced later tonight! Good luck.

Good luck to our team in Tallahassee today!

Best witness ever. Thanks to all the trial ad board witnesses who helped with the mock trial tonight. Mary Alden Jones. Brian Kiel Tyler Lynn Williams Mallory Sikora Chris Jacob

Packed house in courtroom as Judge Harrington presides.

Troy, Mary Alden, Alex, and Ty getting ready for Final Round. Good luck to both teams!!!!

[10/31/16]   Congratulations to the newest members of the Charleston School of Law Trial Advocacy Board!! If you see any of these students around, please tell them congratulations. They worked hard for this honor!

Sharmane Anderson
Constantine "Gus" Anastopoulo
James Bryson
Steven Corley
Vinny DeLalla
Alex Fadoul
Alon Faiman
Chris Jacob
Mary Alden Jones
Lyndsay Luthringer
Kawohi Myers
Greg Nielson
Kerrison Schmutz
Shane Scibelli
Mallory Sikora
Bruna Soledad
Sophia Sunderhaus
Keith Williams
Tyler Williams
Troy Williams

Congratulations to our Final Four teams!!! Final round will be next Friday. Stay tuned for details

[10/29/16]   Congratulations to our Quarterfinalists!

Team B: Alex Fadoul and Tyler Williams v. Team P: Sophia Sunderhaus and Shelby Johnson

Team F: James Bryson and Shane Scibelli v. Team L: Mary Alden Jones and Troy Williams

Team K: T- Mallory Sikora and Kawohi Myers v. Team V: Christopher Jacob and Gregory Neilsen

Team D: Gus Anastopoulo and Ty Robinson v. Team R: Vincent deLalla and Samuel Martin

Lots of number crunching going on at Bruno house as Trial Ad competition scores are being analyzed!!! Good luck to quarterfinalists on Saturday.

Preliminary Rounds are DONE!!! Congratulations to the teams advancing to Quarter Finals on tomorrow!! You all have officially earned the title of the 2016 Elite 8. The Board thanks each and every competitor for all of the hard work you have put in to make these rounds amazing. We also send a very special thank you to all of our witnesses for volunteering their time over the past two days. You are appreciated!

VOLUNTEER WITNESSES NEEDED FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY OF THE 2016 INTERNAL TRIAL ADVOCACY COMPETITION!!! Volunteers DO NOT have to be law students! Any person interested in working with rockstar student "attorneys" is appreciated! If you are available please comment your email and the day that are available. You can also email Brittany Sutton at [email protected] and she will set you up. We know that you are excited to help, so thank you in advance!!

[10/25/16]   The 2016 Internal Trial Advocacy Competition is quickly approaching!! Competitors, please remember that today and tomorrow are the LAST days to meet with current members of the Board for office hours. Don't miss out on getting that ONE piece of advice that can take you to the finals! We are excited!! This will be a great weekend!!

Good luck to our team in Charlotte!!! Fred, Kadie, Melissa, and Ben with team coach, Professor Gammons representing us well at Carolinas Invitational.

Board Members are available for office hours!

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