University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
2014-15 National Trial Team - A Successful Year
The National Trial Team is a for-credit student organization that is comprised of students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in trial advocacy. After more than 20 years as Director, Professor Emeritus Jerome Deise recently retired. The Program Director is now A.J. Bellido de Luna '04 and the Head Coach is Mr. Scott Richman '07. More than fifteen alumni of the program support the team as coaches and travel with the team to various competitions. The program consists of a classroom component with lectures and practical exercises, as well as a team component with trial practices and trial competitions. During the weekends, the students hone their trial skills by conducting full length trials in front of local district court judges, circuit court judges, and experienced attorneys. The team members learn evidence, trial planning, effective examinations, and persuasive oral argument skills. The National Trial Team program has an exceptional reputation, placing among the top schools at numerous trial competitions all across the country.