The Travis H.D. Lewin Advocacy Honor Society (AHS) hosts four mock advocacy competitions annually. Each competition is open exclusively to College of Law students which allows for continued training for our students. AHS provides “Boot Camp” instruction at the outset of each competition, and local attorneys, professors, and jurists provide advice and feedback through each round of the competition. The competitions encourage every participant to further develop advocacy skills needed in today’s legal practice.
The first Lionel O. Grossman Trial Competition was held in 1978 and was named for the College of Law alumnus, Lionel O. Grossman. Mr. Grossman was known for his overwhelming contributions to the local Syracuse community including roles as director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Boy Scout Commissioner, Director of the YYHA and the Jewish Community Center, Director of the Jewish Welfare Federation, and leader of the local Israel Bond Drive. He was also well known for his devotion to the fight against cerebral palsy. Mr. Grossman founded the Cerebral Palsy Center, served as President of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Syracuse and New York, and served as co-counsel to the National Cerebral Palsy Legislative Committee.
Mackenzie Hughes, LLP, located in Syracuse, New York, generously supports the annual Mackenzie Hughes, LLP Edmund H. Lewis Appellate Advocacy Competition held during the spring semester. The competition is named for the Honorable Edmund H. Lewis, distinguished alumnus of Syracuse University College of Law and partner at Mackenzie Hughes, LLP, who served as Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.
The Moot Court Honor Society added the first year oral advocacy competition 2011. In 2013, Syracuse law firm Hancock Estabrook generously sponsored this important opportunity to introduce basic oral argument skills and the art of preparing for and delivering an argument.
Held in cooperation with the Entertainment & Sports Law Society, this competition is designed to offer students more opportunities to gain experience in the field of sports and entertainment law.
Participating students will gain experience with legal issues in the industry, such as labor relations, contract negotiation, intellectual property, antitrust, agency, and in some cases, criminal law. The application of these legal concepts to the context of sports and entertainment will provide an educational and exciting experience for the competitors, judges, and audience.