Separate from the Advocacy Department, the DU-CU cup is an exclusively student run event. Organized by DU’s Criminal Law Association, this competition is designed specifically for 1L’s, and only first-year students can participate. Each Spring, students from both the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the University of Colorado School of Law compete in a inter-school mock trial tournament, with the coveted DU-CU Cup going to the winning school, along with bragging rights for one year. For more information, register on the Criminal Law Association’s TWEN site.
A field of twenty four teams from the University of Colorado Law School and University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law was narrowed to just one on March 10, 2013. DU 1L’s Everette Pritchard and Joanne Morando took home the annual cross-town Cup – keeping the Cup at DU for a fourth consecutive year.
The DU/CU Cup is the premier competition for 1L’s from DU and CU, bringing teams of two attorneys and witnesses together in a mock trial competition. 15 teams from DU competed in the school-wide runoff held on March 2nd, with the top 10 teams advancing to compete against the best 8 teams from CU’s field of competitors.
The top 10 DU teams braved the snowstorm and headed north to Boulder to compete in two preliminary rounds and a quarterfinal on Saturday, March 9th, with the semis and finals held the following day. Teams were judged by area practitioners and given detailed feedback about their performances. The final round pitted the best CU team against the best DU team, ultimately crowning Pritchard and Morando as champions.