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Seeking students to serve as witnesses at the Region 8 National Trial Competition being hosted by Valparaiso University Law School February 7 – 9.

The Valparaiso University Law School is again hosting Region 8 of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) National Trial Competition. The dates of the competition are Thursday, February 7 – Saturday, February 9. We would be grateful if you would agree to serve as a witness for one of the rounds of the competition. Rounds will be held at the historic Porter County Courthouse in downtown Valparaiso and at the Valparaiso University Law School as follows:

Preliminary Rounds

Thursday, February 7, at 1:30 pm. (five trials – four witnesses each)

Thursday, February 7, at 5:30 pm. (six trials – four witnesses each)

Friday, February 8, at 1:30 pm. (five trials – four witnesses each)

Friday, February 8, at 5:30 pm. (six trials – four witnesses each)

Semi-Final Round

Saturday, February 9, at 8:30 am. (four trials – four witnesses each)

Final Round

Saturday, February 9, at 1:00 pm. (two trials – four witnesses each)

The Regional Competition consists of the presentation of a complete mock trial by teams of second and third-year law students from Indiana and Illinois. Witnesses are asked to answer questions based on a script provided to you prior to the trial, and which you are allowed to have with you during your testimony.

We ask that you arrive 45 minutes before the listed time of the trial you signed up for in order to receive final instructions and allow the student attorneys to meet you and prepare you for the trial. This witness preparation begins 30 minutes before the trial begins.

The trial chosen for this year’s Competition is a fictional criminal case involving a Murder and an Insanity Defense. However, you will not be asked for or given any gruesome information.

This will be the second time that Valparaiso University School of Law has served as host for the Regional Competition. I am excited to bring the competition to Northwest Indiana. It will provide an opportunity for actors to hone roll-playing skills, as well as many high school mock trial students, college mock trial students, pre-law students, and others to be involved in a law school trial advocacy presentation. This competition program depends on the testimony of outside people. Consequently, your participation as a witness will be greatly appreciated and will help to ensure the program’s continued success.

Please respond to should you be able to serve as a witness. Please check the sessions you would prefer, as well as your street address, email address and phone number for mailing of the script and future contact. Certainly more witnesses are needed for the earlier Preliminary Rounds. The Semi-Finals and Finals on Saturday require fewer personnel.

Thank you for your sincere consideration of this opportunity. Also, feel free to pass on our request to any family members or friends. Please do not hesitate to contact Christina Bradford ( with any questions.


Trista A. Hudson
Adjunct Professor
Valparaiso University Law School
Ofc: 219-465-3415 …
Cell: 219-395-0411


Presentation: “Below Canada: America’s Decline in Economic Freedom” – Speaker John Hardin

Wednesday, February 6, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Benson Classroom

We have always been south of Canada, but for the first time in history we are below Canada in a new, important way—our economic freedom score is lower than theirs.  What is economic freedom and how can we measure it?  Why has America fallen from the 3rd most economically free country in the world to the 10th?  How does this decline impact you and your future?  We will discuss how economic freedom affects things as diverse as civil rights, life expectancy, job prospects, and environmental quality.  We will also explore how excessive government spending and unnecessary regulations in the United States have shaped our economic freedom, and what such trends suggest about our future levels of prosperity.

John Hardin is a program manager at the Charles Koch Foundation where he directs academic talent development investments and speaks on economic freedom.

Presented by the Federalist Society


Career Planning Change

LaKisha Myles-Geredine, who has been Associate Administrator in the Career Planning Center since January 2007, has accepted a position with another organization in the region and her last day in the Law School will be Tuesday, January 29.  Please join me in extending our best wishes to LaKisha in her new endeavors.

Tina Duron has accepted our invitation to assume this position. Tina has been part of the Faculty Services team since November 2009 and will bring her professional and student services skills to the Career Planning Center. Please join me in thanking Tina for assuming this important responsibility.


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