The Advocacy Center consists of five experiential programs that prepare students for all aspects of the practice of law: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Danny and Mary Becnel Trial Advocacy, International Law, Legal Research and Writing, and Moot Court.
Teams from the Advocacy Center vie nationally and internationally in Moot Court, Trial Advocacy, and Negotiation, Arbitration, and Mediation competitions.
Advocacy Center Events
The Advocacy Center hosts events throughout the year to bring Loyola students together with experienced advocates.
Our Faculty and Staff
The Advocacy Center programs are staffed by world class faculty and experienced practitioners.
State Champion Trial Ad Team
Congratulations to Courtney Newberry, AJ Humphrey, Chris Shirer, and Chris Auzenne on winning first place at the Second Annual Louisiana Battle of the Law Schools Trial Advocacy Competition in Baton Rouge! The team bested in-state rivals Tulane, LSU, and Southern to claim the top spot in this year's competition. We are so proud of them for their hard work. Special thanks to coaches Camrie Ventry (JD '21) and Ronnie Cantin (JD '21) for sharing their time and talents with the team as they went on to victory.
Courtney Newberry Named Best Advocate
Courtney Newberry took home Best Advocate honors at the 2022 Louisiana Battle of the Law Schools Trial Advocacy Competition. Courtney tied for Best Advocate out of 16 students from across the state, helping Loyola secure the State Championship trophy. Courtney is a 2L and an active member of the Advocacy Center. In addition to being a member of Trial Advocacy and Moot Court, she chairs the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society. Congratulations Courtney!
Congratulations to our First Amendment Team
Congrats to the First Amendment Moot Court Team, who finished in the quarterfinals of their tournament. Led by coach Katelyn McGibney, team members Mary Claire Kramer, Sarah Beth Hyde, and Brooke Hathaway presented outstanding arguments before a seasoned panel of judges in an all virtual format. Great job team!
Congrats to our All Star Bracket Challenge Trial Team
Our trial team gave an excellent performance in four trials over four days in a 64-team national trial ad tournament involving a criminal RICO charge. Walking away with six ballots, the team represented their clients well! Congrats to Forrest Ladd, Richard Kohnke, Matt Thompson, coach Jon Maestri, Camrie Ventry and Daniel Olivier.
Congratulations Costello Trial Ad Team
Congratulations to our Costello Trial Ad Team! Camrie Ventry, Amanda Olmstead, and Forrest Ladd were coached by Nick Bergeron (JD ‘17) and won Runner Up Best Defense Team among a field of 32 schools. The team advanced to the semi finals against Georgetown after taking on NYU, Case Western, and University of Houston. We are so proud of these Advocacy Center students!