Karen C. McGovern Senior Prize Trials Competition

The Karen C. McGovern Senior Prize Trials Competition provides Albany Law School third-year students an opportunity to develop trial practice skills. The one-semester competition takes place in the fall and offers practice in either a civil or criminal issue.

2021-2022 Committee:

Kristen M. Abele, Chair

Jaclyn R. Yoselevich, Associate

Professor Louis Jim, Faculty Advisor

Competition Requirements:

Participants try cases prepared by the Senior Prize Trials Chair.

Eligibility: The competition is open to teams comprised of two third-year students who are enrolled in academic study at Albany Law School for the fall semester and have a GPA of 2.0 or above (72 team limit). No academic credit will be given for participation in the competition.

Judges: Judges for all preliminary rounds are practicing judges and attorneys from the area. A New York State Judge, United States District Court Judge or Magistrate Judge presides over the final trial. The presiding judge is responsible for selecting which team will advance in the competition. The judge's decision is independent of the jury verdict.

Juries & Bailiffs: The bailiff and jury members are composed of first-year students and occasionally high school students from the area.

2020-2021 McGovern Senior Prize Trials Competition Results:

The Honorable Daniel J. Stewart '88, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, presided over the final round which was held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.


Chelsea G. Jory '21 & Adrianna Mathew '21

Chelsea G. Jory '21 & Adrianna Mathew '21


Amanda S. Demma '21 & Peter C. Kreatsoulas '21

Congratulations to our additional award winners:

Best Oral Advocate(s):

1st Place:  Alizabeth H. Volkman '21