We are so excited!!!

The 2016 Rebel-Trojan All-In Mock Trial Tournament is the sixth year of the first ever American Mock Trial Association format trial advocacy competition to come to Las Vegas.

As is only proper, the tournament will take place at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. The UNLV and USC Mock Trial Teams co-host the tournament.

The Competition Case

THIS YEAR, the students will present either the Prosecution or Defense side in the criminal case of State v. Bancroft (or) Covington.

Just days after the Midlands Gambling Commission voted to grant a second casino license to Avery Bancroft, the Midlands State Police Department arrested Bancroft and Chase Covington, the Commission's chairperson. The arrest came at 2PM on April 19, 2015.

A source inside the MSPD indicates that the arrest is the result of a long-term sting operation aimed at reducing rampant corruption in Midlands government. Bancroft is notorious in Midlands business and political circles for active involvement in political campaigns, most recently as a vocal (and financial) supporter of Max Heisman's mayoral bid. Covington has been long known as the swing vote on the Midlands Gambling Commission, bridging an acrimonious split between the Commission's other two members.

Many have suggested, however, that Covington's vote is for sale to the highest bidder.

The uncertainty that surrounds an arrest with so many questions and, currently, so few answers is enormous. What we know right now is that Midlands police have taken Bancroft and Covington into custody, all signs indicate bribery charges are forthcoming, and all evidence indicates that Bancroft bribed Covington.

*** We welcome practitioners and judges with civil and/or criminal experience.