Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition (ETAC)

April 1-2, 2017
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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The law firm of Estrella, LLC and The George Washington University Law School are pleased to invite you to compete in the fifth annual Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition (ETAC) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Estrella, LLC is a full service law firm with expertise in civil litigation. As such, the competition uses a civil case. 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. Last year, 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 competition is capped at 14 teams, and has been completely full every year. American University won the inaugural competition in 2013, followed by UCLA in 2014, and UC Berkeley in 2015. Last year, newcomers Charlotte School of Law, represented by Ahmed Toure, Chelsea Bauer, Jack Densmore, and Jessica M. Dentzer were victorious. Each year, awards are given not only to the winning team but also to the best oral advocate. The winning team is guaranteed a spot in the following year’s competition provided they timely register. All participating teams have the opportunity to argue before local attorneys and judges, and receive significant feedback from judges after each round.

The 2016 ETAC winning team, Charlotte, accompanied by the final round judges of the former US Attorney María Domínguez, Kenneth Suria and David Indiano.

Key Dates:

December 1, 2016: Registration Deadline

January 2017: Problem Release

April 1, 2017: Two Preliminary Rounds held traditionally at the Nazario Clemente Federal Courthouse in San Juan’s Hato Rey sector
Advancement Announcement Reception held traditionally a the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce

April 2, 2017: Semi-final and Final Rounds held traditionally at the historic José V. Toledo Federal Courthouse in Old San Juan


Each ABA-approved law school may register one team consisting of four JD students. Each student must play the role of an attorney on one side and a witness on the other.  The registration fee is $400 per team.  Only checks made payable to “The George Washington University Law School” can be accepted.  Participating schools will be given access to a discounted block of hotel rooms, traditionally at the beautiful, seafront Caribe Hilton.  It is highly recommended that each team rent a car because taxis and public transportation are limited, and the two courthouses are located in different directions from the hotel.


Recognition is given to the Winning Team and Best Oral Advocate.