Trial Advocacy

Pepperdine Law


Katarina Niparko


Harry Caldwell

The Trial Advocacy Board coordinates and helps prepare and train second and third year students to successfully compete in interschool trial advocacy competitions nationwide. Pepperdine's teams compete in seven to eight competitions each academic year. The Board coordinates an interschool Cross-Examination Competition (open to second and third year students) each Fall semester and the Cipolla Closing Argument Competition (open to all law students) each Spring semester to select students to join one of Pepperdine's elite interschool teams.

The Trial Advocacy Board is governed and supervised by the Executive Committee and other Student Board Members.

Executive Committee
Katarina Niparko President
Miguel Del Mundo Vice President
Gib Faller Alumni Chair
Grace Waddell Communications Chair
Jenna King Cipolla Closing Argument Competition
Mary-Kate Kelledy Cross Examination Competition Coordinator
Professor Harry Caldwell Director of Trial Advocacy

Fall 2017 Competitions 

This upcoming Fall semester, Pepperdine will compete in the following interschool national competitions:

  • American Bar Association - Labor Competition:
    • Two teams consisting of Jenna King, Kat Niparko, Mary-Kate Kelledy, Grace Waddell, Sarah George, Aaron Eslamboly, Gib Faller, Deanne Elliot
  • San Diego Defense Lawyer's Trial Competition
    • Team consisting of Blaire Wood, Wyatt Vesperman, Ava Jahanvash, Chris Campbell, Bailey Blaies, Christal Porter, Tim Forero, Chiemela Okwandu
  • California Attorney for Criminal Justice Tournament:
    • Team consisting of Kyler Kelly, Miguel Del Mundo, Dan Ledezma, Anna Goodman