Syracuse University College of Law Students Invited to Top Gun 2019
For the third year in a row, Syracuse University College of Law has been invited to send advocacy students to compete in the prestigious 2019 Top Gun National Trial Tournament. Top Gun is an innovative, invitation-only trial competition in which the single best advocates from 16 of the top trial advocacy schools go head-to-head for the honor of being designated "Top Gun". The winner receives a $10,000 prize.
Attending this year are Dennis Scanlon L’19 and rising 3L Adam Leydig, who also represented Syracuse at the 2019 National Trial Competition in San Antonio, TX, reaching the Elite Eight and winning the Tiffany Cup. Top Gun will be hosted by Baylor University School of Law in Waco, TX, on June 5-9, 2019. At Top Gun, Scanlon will represent Syracuse as the solo advocate, and Leydig will assist with the trial technology.
"It’s a great honor for Syracuse to be invited to this competition," says trial team coach Joanne VanDyke L'87. VanDyke explains that, unlike other trial competitions, Top Gun participants do not receive the case file until they arrive at Baylor, a mere 24 hours before the first round of trials begin.
She adds that preparation for this exacting mock trial includes reviewing depositions, records, and photographs and taking a trip to the actual places where events in the case supposedly occurred. Shortly before each round, competitors are assigned witnesses who may be used at their discretion during the round. The jurors for each round are distinguished trial lawyers and judges.