The Hoffman Cup is the premiere trial advocacy tournament at Sturm and is seeking the best mock trial teams in the school. The Hoffman Cup is Sturm’s most prestigious trial advocacy crown. The award is named for Sturm’s esteemed alumnus and Denver-based attorney, Daniel Hoffman. The Hoffman Cup Tournament is run by the The Sturm College of Law Advocacy Department and the Moot Court Board (MCB). Every team that desires to participate in The Cup will be given the opportunity to enter into the selection process. Selection to compete in the Hoffman Cup is based upon merit points which are earned based upon a student’s experience and advanced coursework.
The Hoffman Cup Coaching Program
In its ever-increasing efforts to make law students “practice ready”, The Advocacy Department (TAD) is announcing the launch of The Hoffman Cup “Jumpstart” Coaching Program. Jumpstart matches volunteer “attorney coaches” with two-student teams that are competing in the law school’s annual “crown jewel” mock trial tournament, The Daniel Hoffman Memorial Cup.
This is a great opportunity for an attorney to exercise their trial skills while helping law school students learn the profession. The coaching time commitment is minimal and coaches only need to have 2 or 3 years of litigation/trial experience.
A few quick facts about the Jumpstart program are:
- The coaching commitment is limited to 6 weeks (Sept 23 to Nov 1)
- 2 to 3 hours per week at the coach’s convenience is all that is asked
- The Hoffman Cup takes place on these dates (coaches are not required to attend rounds):
- Friday November 1st - Round 1 (6:00 pm)
- Saturday November 2nd - Rounds 2 & 3
- Sunday November 3rd - Quarters and Semi’s
- Tuesday November 5th – Reception & Finals
- Coaches are welcome to recruit other attorneys (hint: firm associates) to assist in coaching the team - this is a wonderful opportunity for new associates to learn
- Coaches can meet with their team wherever is convenient (law school, coach’s office)
- The law school will host a “Coaches College” the third week of September for 3 hours to provide coaching tips and allow the coaches to get to know one another. It is our hope that coaches from different squads will work together and support one another through the 6 weeks, helping each other with questions, evidence, and the like.
Our emphasis is on learning and on making this a fun experience for everyone.
If you are interested in volunteering, interested in “volunteering” someone from your firm, or just have questions, please contact the Director of The Advocacy Department, David Schott, at DSchott@law.du.edu.
With much thanks.
2012 Daniel S. Hoffman Memorial Trial Advocacy Competition Winners:
Champions: Diana Sada and Christopher Esser
Finalists: Jesse DuBois and Christopher K. Boeckx
Best Orator: Diana Sada and Cameron Lucke
Best Witness: Jonathan Coppom
Semi-Finalists: Kyler Burgi and Casey Geiger; Lindsey Waytashek and Jim Fogg
2011 Daniel S. Hoffman Memorial Trial Advocacy Competition Winners:
Champions: Ashley Opfer and Brian Caplan
Finalists: Katelyn Konecny and Chris Wilcox
Best Orator: Chris Wilcox
Best Witness: Jim Fogg and Abby Brown
Semi-Finalists: Christina Huszcza & Eric Hobbs and Andrea Kramer and Vanessa Otero
2010 Daniel S. Hoffman Memorial Trial Advocacy Competition Winners:
Winners: Luke Volker and Lindsey Sowder
Semi-Finalists: John Maroney and Eric Hobbs
Semi-finalists: Ross Zeiv, Gracie Chisholm; Garrik Storgaard, Erica Reuer
Best Orator: Chris Wilcox
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2009 Daniel S. Hoffman Memorial Trial Advocacy Competition Winners:
Winners: Nicole Quintana and Chris Brown
Semi-Finalists: Sarah Bousman and Ross Ziev
Semi-finalists: Brett Martin and Tricia Laylock; Isabel Lenuzaa and Garrik Storgaard Best Orators (3-way tie): Max Gad, Tricia Laylock, and Nicole Quintana
Best Witness: Rebecca Jochum
2008 Daniel S. Hoffman Memorial Trial Advocacy Competition Winners:
Winners: Jed Greenblatt & Sheena Moran
Finalists: Clire Soto & John (Trey) Baker
Semi-Finalists: Theresa Sauer & Alison Davis, Chad Grell & Matt Dardenne
Best Orator: Sheena Moran
Best Witness: Robyn Schaperjahn