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1L Closing Argument Competition

The 1L Closing Argument Competition provides first-year students an opportunity to apply the facts of a case to the jury instructions and deliver a closing argument to a jury. It is intended as the first step for students who want to learn trial skills. Many will further develop their skills in the 2L Mock Trial Competition and later compete in external trial competitions, such as the National Trial Advocacy Competition and the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

2018 Final Results

Champions: Bethany Bonsu (Prosecution Champion) and Spencer Chikahisa (Defense Champion)

Runners-up: Arlo Harmon (Prosecution) and Katelyn Ditzler (Defense)

students and judges in courtoom

Arlo Harmon (finalist), Bethany Bonsu (Prosecution Champion), Spencer Chikahisa (Defense Champion) and Katelyn Ditzler (finalist).
Judges (back row): Brian Cunningham ('16), Hon. Debra Schafer and Kristin Good ('13)

Past CAC Results


  • Champions: Cody Follis (Best Prosecution) and Alonte Holliday (Best Defense)
  • Runners-up: Brandon Jones-Milton (Prosecution) and Lauren Harris (Defense)


  • Champions: Alexeus Bender and Stacey Eissinger
  • Runners-up: Joel Heilman and Keith Stiggers

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