McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge Hosts its 11th National Ethics Trial Competition

March 16, 2017

2016 NETC participants at the Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse in Sacramento.

2016 NETC participants at the Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse in Sacramento.

McGeorge School of Law's eleventh National Ethics Trial Competition (NETC) starts on March 16 and continues through March 18, 2017 at the Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse in Sacramento. The NETC was established in 2006 to promote ethical and civility awareness through the mock trial competition format.

"As far as we know, it is the only law school-sponsored competition that features both an ethical component in the issues to be tried and scoring based on the participants' observation of ethical and civility principles," said Professor Jay Leach, director of McGeorge's Trial & Appellate Advocacy Concentration Program and NETC administrator.

McGeorge School of Law is rated the 10th best law school in the country when it comes to trial advocacy, according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools for 2018 released on March 14, 2017. Success in the trial advocacy ranking is attributed to McGeorge's award-winning mock trial, moot court, and alternative dispute resolution programs, directed by the Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution. These programs provide opportunities for students to hone their skills in the trial courtroom, appellate advocacy, client counseling, negotiation, and arbitration. McGeorge students are able to test their abilities in competitions around the world.

"Our law students receive recruitment and networking opportunities, the main source of jobs for law graduates," said University of the Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck. "They leave McGeorge prepared to work in many legal areas, often working side-by-side with McGeorge alumni."

Robert Buccola,'83, Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora LLP, is the founding sponsor of the NETC. Other sponsors include: American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Brandon Takahashi, '06, ADLI Law Group; Joseph C. George, '85 & Joseph C. George Jr., '98, Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D.; Cota Cole & Huber LLP; Evans, Wieckowski, Ward & Scoffield, LLP; Noel Ferris, '79, Law Office of Noel Ferris; Steve Block, '78 & Teri Block, '98; R. Parker White, '80, Poswall White & Brelsford; and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. The ABA Section of Litigation and the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court are co-sponsors.