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Charles Lemley Coaches Georgetown Law Team in AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition, Finishing Second in the Nation

April 4, 2016

Washington, DCCharles C. Lemley, a partner in Wiley Rein’s Insurance Practice, coached a trial advocacy team from the Georgetown University Law Center that ranked among the top competitors nationwide during the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) 2016 National Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The team finished second in the nation during the final leg of the competition—the national tournament held in New Orleans from March 31 to April 3.

Mr. Lemley’s team had earned a berth in the national tournament by beating 15 other teams to win the AAJ regional tournament in early March. The team then won five consecutive trials in the national tournament before placing second in the closely contested championship round. The AAJ tournament is among the largest and most prestigious trial advocacy competitions in the United States, with 224 teams from 140 different law schools competing for the title.

Mr. Lemley said the students deserve all of the credit for their victories, but noted that his experience as a litigator at Wiley Rein has allowed him to help the students develop their skills. “I try to help the students learn the process of analyzing facts, legal arguments, and trial strategy that I practice every day with the great litigators here at Wiley Rein,” Mr. Lemley said.  “I think that better prepares them for the challenges they will face in trial advocacy competitions and, after they graduate, in the practice of law.”

Mr. Lemley is the longest-tenured trial advocacy coach working with teams from Georgetown Law, which is ranked among the top five law schools for trial advocacy by U.S. News and World Report. In addition to the success of his team in this year’s AAJ regional and national tournaments, he has recently coached teams that advanced to the finals or semi-finals of the National Tournament of Champions, the National Ethics Trial Competition, the National Civil Trial Competition, and a previous AAJ national competition.