Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center

Upcoming Kelly Competition

The Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition is hosted by Fordham University School of Law. This year’s competition will take place from Saturday, November 11, 2017 to Sunday, November 12, 2017 in the Southern District of New York.
Teams consist of two students who prepare both sides of the problem. The two competitors will advocate on one side of the case in the first round, and the same two competitors will advocate on the other side of the case in the second round. The advocate who delivers the opening statement for the prosecution will deliver the closing argument for the defense, and the advocate who delivers the closing argument for the prosecution will deliver the opening statement for the defense. All witnesses will be provided by Fordham University, and each team will have 15 minutes to prepare their side’s witnesses prior to each round. The competition will consist of two preliminary rounds on Saturday. Four teams will advance to a semi-final round on Sunday morning, with two teams advancing to the final round on Sunday afternoon.
The application consists of this form and a competition resume listing competitions and results from the past five years. This application should be sent to kellycompetition@gmail.com by Friday, July 14, at 5:00 p.m. All teams will be notified about the status of their application as soon as practicable. A registration fee of $700 will be due upon acceptance of an offer to participate in the competition.
Questions and concerns may be directed to Colette Carman and Miranda Onnen, the 2017- 2018 Kelly Competition Editors, at kellycompetition@gmail.com.
We look forward to receiving your application!

Kelly Application 2017