Are You the Best Closer in South Florida?

Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Young Professionals Committee, invites you to compete in the Eighth Annual Legal Eagle Closing Argument Competition on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at FIU College of Law, located at 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199.  Registration begins promptly at 8:00AM and competition finishes at approximately 6:30PM.

How Do You Sign Up?

Interested competitors should CLICK HERE to register.  The registration fee required to compete is $150.00.  For those competitors who work in the non-profit or government sectors, the registration fee is $75.00.  Please note registration fees are transferable but non-refundable.

A complimentary Closing Argument Mini Boot Camp Training will also be available at Legal Services on Tuesday, September 10th at 8:30AM.  You will have the opportunity to learn how to craft a winning closing argument and will receive useful pointers from our Pro Bono Advocacy Director, Jayme Cassidy, who is a NITA faculty instructor.  Attendance is optional; CLE pending.

What is Legal Eagle?

Legal Eagle is a one-day single elimination open to all attorneys admitted to the Florida Bar and practicing for less than 7 years.  Participants receive a mock fact pattern via email 3 days prior to the competition and are asked to prepare a ten-minute closing argument for each side of the case.  Participants present their closing argument before local judges and practicing attorneys who score the competitors and provide feedback.

Why You Should Participate

One hundred percent of registration proceeds are used to benefit Legal Services who service the needs of the 500,000 people who live below the poverty line and face the daily barriers to economic stability and empowerment.

Legal Eagle provides young associates with a platform to give back to the community, develop oral advocacy skills, network with young professionals, as well as gain invaluable feedback from an esteemed panel of judges.

Additionally, the winner will take home the following:

  • A huge perpetual traveling trophy;

  • Bragging rights as the “Best Closer in South Florida;”

  • A spot in the Legal Eagle Hall of Fame

  • A $1,000 cash prize; and

  • Recognition in the Daily Business Review and in Social Media touting winner’s success

For questions regarding participation, please contact Kristen A. Corpion, Esq., Chair of the Legal Eagle Closing Argument Competition at Kristen@corplaw.us

Also, for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marcia Rabinowitz, Director of Special Events, at mrabinowitz@legalservicesmiami.org

We thank the American Mock Trial Association for their generous support, licensing this year’s fact pattern to us for free.