McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge Hosts 12th Prestigious National Ethics Trial Competition

March 12, 2019

2017 NETC participants at the Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse in Sacramento.

2017 NETC participants at the Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse in Sacramento.

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law's twelfth National Ethics Trial Competition (NETC) starts on March 14 and continues through March 16, 2019 at the Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse in Sacramento. The invite-only NETC was established in 2006 to promote ethical and civility awareness through the mock trial competition format.

"The NETC 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, as far as I know," said Professor Jay Leach, director of McGeorge's Trial & Appellate Advocacy JD Certificate of Concentration Program and NETC administrator.

Professor Leach co-authored this year’s case file with Professor Cary Bricker, director of McGeorge's Mock Trial Program and co-director of the Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution.

McGeorge School of Law is rated the 7th best law school in the country when it comes to trial advocacy, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Best Graduate Schools released on March 12, 2019. 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.

Robert Buccola,'83, Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora LLP, is the title sponsor of the NETC. The gold sponsor isR. Parker White, ’80, Brelsford, Androvich & White, in honor of Noël M. Ferris, ’79.  Other sponsors include: American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Sacramento Chapter; Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association; Brandon Takahashi, '06, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; Daniel E. Wilcoxen, ’72, Wilcoxen Callaham LLP; Derek P. Cole, ’99, Scott E. Huber, ’02, Cole l Huber LLP;  Robert W. Armstrong, ’78, John R. Brydon, ’78, Steve Block, ‘78 & Teri Block, ’98, Demler, Armstrong & Rowland, LLP; Joseph C. George, ’85, Joseph C. George, Jr., ’98, Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D.; Robin J. Smith, ’89, R.J. Smith Law Office, PC; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; and Downey Brand LLP. The ABA Section of Litigation and the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court are also co-sponsors.