George Mason's Trial Advocacy Association ("Trial Ad") provides students with opportunities to develop their trial practice skills and gain litigation experience, through simulated curricular and extra-curricular courtroom exercises. Trial Ad members compete in a number of trial competitions throughout the school year, and the association sponsors the regional leg of the National Trial Competition (NTC) each spring. Trial competitions simulate both civil and criminal trials involving issues ranging from medical malpractice to white-collar crime and homicide. To prepare for these competitions, students are trained to conduct many aspects of a jury trial, including motions in limine, opening statements, direct and cross examination, and closing arguments. Coupled with George Mason's excellent trial advocacy coursework, the association continues to be a valuable tool in preparing students to begin their careers as trial lawyers.




  • Alex Smith, President
  • Maggie Koester, Vice President
  • Kevin Wang, Vice President of Thacher
  • Ben Smith, Vice President of Recruitment
  • Gifford Hampshire, Vice President of Outreach
  • John Mark Mastakas, Vice President of Costello
  • Katilin Morgan, Vice President of Fundraising
  • Keith Corley, Vice President of Problem Writing
  • Mollie Jacowski, Vice President of Problem Writing
  • Brady Clapp, Vice President of Extramurals
  • Taylor Sanders, Vice President of Events