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In 1989, Professor Charles E. "Chuck" Kirkwood of the University of Akron School of Law hosted the first Tournament of Champions Trial Competition. He invited the best trial advocacy law schools in the nation. Invitations were based on performance over the years in two "open" student trial competitions: the National Trial Competition and the ATLA National Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The tournament was informal and fun, with a focus on outstanding trial advocacy skills. In 1995, NITA recognized the outstanding quality of this tournament and chose to sponsor the Tournament of Champions. In 2005, LexisNexis® became a co-sponsor.
Today, the tournament is one of the premier law school trial competitions in the nation and is known for having the highest quality of congeniality and good sportsmanship. Each year, sixteen schools are invited. The invitations are based on a three-year performance record at the National Trial Competition and the ATLA National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, and performances at prior Tournament of Champions competition.
Champions received the traveling James Seckinger Trophy, a team plaque, individual plaques, and a copy of NITA's book, Trial Technique & Evidence by Michael R. Fontham. Runner-Up and Semifinalists each received a team plaque. The best advocates received scholarships to a NITA Deposition Program. All advocates received a collection of NITA books and certificates.
|2012||Baylor Law School|
|2011||Samford University, Cumberland School of Law|
|2010||Chicago-Kent College of Law|
|2009||St. John's University School of Law|
|2008||Duquesne University School of Law|