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NSU Trial Association

The NSU Trial Association (NTA) is an honors co-curricular organization that strives to help students develop their litigation skills so that when they leave law school, they bring with them the tools necessary to be skillful and successful lawyers wherever they may practice. Throughout the year, NTA assembles trial teams to compete in state wide and national mock trial competitions, including those hosted by the Florida Bar, the Florida Justice Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

NTA also hosts at least two in-house competitions during the school year, including its annual regional closing argument competition which is open to competitors from other law schools in Florida. NTA provides not only its Members, but all students who aspire to become compelling litigators, with a variety of resources to develop their litigation skills - including guest speaker events with trial lawyers and judges, training sessions, and CLE seminars.

As an evolution of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), NTA strives to provide students and lawyers with the information and professional assistance needed to serve clients successfully and protect the democratic values inherent in the civil justice system.  By connecting students with exceptional trial lawyers in the community, and preparing them to compete against other schools, NTA continues to mold its members into young lawyers who are ready for the real world.  Joining NTA is the first step toward building a career long affiliation with not only one of the best organizations at NSU, but with the South Florida legal community.

2017-2018 Executive Board

Jacarri M. Walker President
Nicole Villamar Vice President of Competitions
Elba Nicolle Jimenez Vice President of Teams
Gregory Thomson Vice President of Internal Operations
Yale M. Sanford Vice President of External Operations

Faculty Advisor

Megan Chaney Director, Trial & Appellate Advocacy & Professor of Law

2017-2018 General Board

Applications for the NSU Trial Association General Board will be released Fall, 2017. For more information please contact Jacarri M. Walker, President of the NSU Trial Association at

General Members

Fredrick Givens Executive Coordinator
Talya Van Embden Executive Coordinator
Thomas Sternberg Competition Coordinator
Gerard Duarte Competition Coordinator
Brittney Polo Internal Operations Coordinator
Jamie Nakoa Internal Operations Coordinator
James Foster Teams Coordinator
Erik Bower Teams Coordinator
Hunter Rhyne External Operations Coordinator
Bethany Pandher External Operations Coordinator
Olivia Dean External Operations Coordinator
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