The development of practical, real-world litigation skills in a courtroom setting is a crucial element of the St. Mary’s experience. This belief is affirmed every day through the actions and accomplishments of our highly respected advocacy programs. These programs provide an ideal environment for students to develop and polish their trial and appellate courtroom skills, as well as their negotiation, mediation, client counseling and dispute resolution skills that are the hallmark of great attorneys.
The St. Mary’s advocacy programs are consistently recognized for competitive excellence on regional and national levels.
Advocacy at St. Mary’s is comprised of three primary programs that allow students both academic and competitive opportunities to hone their skills prior to graduation. Each of these three programs use the state-of-the-art technology-appointed courtroom:
Larry G. Hyden Mock Trial Competition
Held each September, the Larry G. Hyden Competition provides students with an opportunity to participate in mock trial proceedings and gain advocacy experience.
Larry G. Hyden graduated from the St. Mary’s School of Law in 1974 and was a member of the St. Mary’s Law Journal. Hyden served as a trial lawyer in Corpus Christi for 28 years before entering public service as an Assistant District Attorney in Cuero, Texas. The firm of Jordan, Hyden, Womble, Culbreth & Holzer, P.C., sponsors the competition in Hyden’s honor.
Lone Star Classic®
Each October, BOA is proud to support the Lone Star Classic mock trial competition where St. Mary’s University School of Law invites 16 ABA-accredited schools from around the country to compete on a nationwide stage.
Wayne and Maxine Scott Negotiations Competition
Held in November, the Wayne and Maxine Scott Negotiations Competition provides students with experience in negotiations. Professor L. Wayne Scott played a critical role in directing the alternate dispute resolution program at St. Mary’s University. Allen Craddock, Ph.D., Adjunct Negotiations Professor, established this endowed competition to honor the Scotts for their tireless support of the school’s advocacy program.
Federal Bar Association Spring Moot Court Competition
In order to promote high-quality education and experience for legal students, the San Antonio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association sponsors this BOA appellate-style competition early each spring.
Renna and Jeff Embry Mock Trial Competition
The Renna and Jeff Embry Mock Trial Competition provides students with another opportunity to participate in mock trial during the spring semester. Renna and Jeff are honors graduates and both served as associate editors on the St. Mary’s Law Journal; Jeff was an active participant in mock trial and moot court competitions and was awarded the Patricia Scott Outstanding Advocate Award recognizing him as the outstanding trial advocate in the law school.
Linda and Dave Schlueter First-Year Moot Court Competition
All students at St. Mary’s are required to participate in a moot court competition in their first spring semester. This competition is the culmination of a brief-writing process and is a part of the legal writing classes. This early exposure allows students an advocacy-oriented perspective that enhances the traditional first-year coursework.
Professor Dave Schlueter is the Hardy Professor of Law and former long-time Director of the Advocacy Programs at St. Mary’s Law. Mrs. Schlueter is the President of Trinity Legal Center, a nonprofit legal foundation, which focuses on representing post-abortive women. Both of them have published nationally recognized treaties and both have been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and numerous courts and legal commentators.
View video of the 2019 Linda and Dave Schlueter First Year Moot Court Competition, whose final round was held before the justices of the Fourth Court of Appeals.
Jimi Derrick Moot Court Competition
This fast-paced, single-day competition is held each April in loving memory of one of St. Mary’s favorite sons.