Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition (ETAC)

Competition Date: April 2-3, 2022
Location:  San Juan, Puerto Rico (In Person)
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The law firm of Estrella, LLC and the George Washington University Law School are pleased to invite you to apply to compete in the eighth 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. A sampling of past problems include: whether a store was negligent after an alleged mugging occurred in their parking lot, possible negligence of a company after alleged sexual harassment on a business trip, and whether a retailer is liable to an independent contractor for injuries caused by a competitor in an event organized by the retailer. Some years, the choice of calling two of three potential witnesses is provided to each team.

The competition is only open to 14 teams, and each year ETAC has reached capacity. The winning team is guaranteed a spot in the following year’s competition provided they timely register.

The Champion of the 2021 Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition was Brooklyn Law School seen here during the virtual finals.

Key Dates:

January 2, 2022: Registration Deadline (teams have until the problem release to finalize members)

January 3-7, 2022: Notification of Acceptance into competition and registration fee due (registration checks will be deposited and credit card charges processed)

Late January 2022: Team members finalized and problem released

April 2, 2022: Two preliminary rounds (teams argue once for each side) held traditionally at the Nazario Clemente Federal Courthouse in San Juan’s Hato Rey sector; Advancement announcement reception held at a location overlooking the water.

April 3, 2022: Semi-final and final rounds held traditionally at the historic José V. Toledo Federal Courthouse in Old San Juan

Costs:

Each ABA-approved law school may register one team consisting of four JD students. (Requests may be made to enter two teams and will be considered on a space-available basis.) Each student must play the role of an attorney on one side and a witness on the other. The registration fee is $500 for one team. Payment can be made by credit card or check. Participating schools will be given access to a discounted block of hotel rooms at a beautiful, seafront hotel.

Awards:

Recognition is given to the winning team and to the recipient of the William Estrella Award for Best Oral Advocate.

COVID-19 Precautions:

It is our hope, goal and intention to host ETAC live in Puerto Rico, but we reserve the right to hold it on-line if health circumstances warrant.  Any announcement on a switch to an on-line format would be made as early as practicable.

Puerto Rico has the following COVID-19 requirements, with which all teams and coaches must abide.  Visitors must wear a mask or face covering at all times in public.  All persons entering Puerto Rico must: (1) complete an on-line Travel Declaration prior to their visit and (2) those over 2 years of age, who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, must provide evidence of a negative molecular or antigen test for COVID-19 performed within the 72-hour period prior to your arrival to Puerto Rico.  More details can be found at: https://www.travelsafe.pr.gov/