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Golden Gate University School of Law’s proudly hosts the annual GGU Bernie L. Segal Criminal Mock Trial Competition in October each year in San Francisco & Wine Country, California.
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Each Fall, twelve schools from across the nation competed in 21 trials held in 5 different Bay Area courthouses and the winner is invited to compete in the ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition hosted by the Criminal Justice Section of the ABA and the John Marshall School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, in the Spring and the finalist school is invited to compete in the IUPR Criminal Mock Trial Competition in Puerto Rico the following Fall.
Mock trial competition is an excellent litigation training tool for our advocates and GGU has a strong tradition of excellence and success in competition.
We typically compete in several regional and national competitions each semester in different substantive areas of the law. We also conduct "mock trial collaborations" and intra-school competitions.
Bernard “Bernie” L. Segal Founder – In Loving Memory (1929-2011)
A distinguished trial lawyer who was nationally renowned as a master teacher in trial advocacy programs for lawyers, Professor Segal directed the Law School’s mock trial competition programs and has taught at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) programs, Tel Aviv University, and at Holborn College of Law in London. Professor Segal served as counsel for Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald in the famous Green Beret murder case that was the subject of the book and movie “Fatal Vision.”
“Bernie,” as he was known to his friends, students, and colleagues, passed away in July 2011 at the age of 81, having served Golden Gate University School of Law and the Litigation Center for nearly forty years. Obituaries and Tributes
In Bernie's honor and memory, we host a national mock trial competition in the Fall - the GGU-BLS Criminal Mock Trial Competition: In Vino Veritas and an intra-school advocacy competition for 1L students each Spring - the Bernie Cross 'n Close Competition.