The Downtown: Empire’s Collegiate Program

The Downtown is presented by Empire Mock Trial in partnership with New York University.

Competition Information

Welcome to your home for Downtown XI information!  Click on one of the tabs below for tournament details.

Schedule & Map

Courthouse:
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
500 Pearl Street, New York, N.Y. 10007

Tournament Hotel:
New York Marriott Downtown
85 West Street, New York, N.Y., 10006

Map: Click here to open the map in full screen.

Saturday, January 21

Courthouse Arrival

8:30 – 9:30 AM
Enter Court
Worth Street Entrance of SDNY
North Wing Entry
(Worth & Baxter)

9:30 – 9:45 AM
Check-in
Jury Assembly Room
1st Floor, North Wing

9:45 – 10:15 AM
Opening Ceremony / Challenge Order
Jury Assembly Room
1st Floor, North Wing

10:15 AM
Captains’ Meeting
Jury Assembly Room
1st Floor, North Wing

10:45 AM – 1:45 PM
Round 1
15th, 17th, 18th floors
South Wing

**Tab Room is located in Courtroom 14A, South Wing, 14th floor.**

1:45 –2:45 PM
Lunch
Cafeteria, 8th floor
South Wing

2:45 PM
Captains’ Meeting
Jury Assembly Room
1st Floor, North Wing

3:15 – 6:15 PM
Round 2
15th, 17th, 18th floors
South Wing

Sunday, January 22

Courthouse Arrival

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Enter Court
Worth Street Entrance of SDNY
North Wing Entry
(Worth & Baxter)

10:15 AM
Captains’ Meeting
Jury Assembly Room
1st Floor, North Wing

10:45 AM – 1:45 PM
Round 3
15th, 17th, 18th floors
South Wing

**Tab Room is located in Courtroom 14A, South Wing, 14th floor**

1:45 –2:45 PM
Lunch
Cafeteria, 8th floor
South Wing

2:45 PM
Captains’ Meeting
Jury Assembly Room
1st Floor, North Wing

3:15 – 6:15 PM
Round 4
15th, 17th, 18th floors
South Wing

**After Round 4, take the elevator to the 8th floor.  Walk down the long hallway / corridor to the North Wing.  Take the North Wing elevators to the 9th floor.**

6:45 PM
(start as soon as possible)
Closing Ceremony
Ceremonial Courtroom
9th floor, North Wing

Monday, January 23

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Championship Round

Registration

Registration is $1,000 and includes two meals at the courthouse. The deadline to submit payment is January 10th.  You can pay with a check or credit card (through PayPal).

Check

If you are paying with a check, please download and submit the Registration invoice (check).

Electronically

You can pay your registration fee with a credit card (however, there’s a small service fee).  Here’s the Registration invoice (electronic),which shows the service fee.

Input your school’s name below and then click on “buy now.”


School Name


W9 Form

Many universities require a W9 form in order to process payment.  You can download ours here: W-9 Form.

Hotel Reservations

The official tournament hotel is the New York Marriott Downtown, which is a 20 minute walk from the courthouse.  Located just a few blocks from the World Trade Center, you’ll take in some of downtown New York’s most iconic sights during your trip to and from the Court.

Shuttle Bus
Empire has arranged for two shuttle buses to bring teams from the hotel to the courthouse. Teams are not required to take the bus, but must let Empire know if they plan to do so.

Cost
The cost per room per night is $175.  This price is inclusive of tax and shuttle bus fare.

Submitting the Hotel Form
We ask all teams to complete the 2017 Downtown Hotel Reservation form, even if they don’t intend on staying at the hotel.

Reserving Hotel Rooms
To reserve your rooms, please follow the procedure outlined below:

  • Complete the reservation form here by Sunday, November 27 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Download the hotel invoice here.
  • Submit payment to Empire by January 10.  We are tax exempt so we save teams 8.8% sales tax.  Since we pay the hotel in advance, we will cancel all unpaid for reservations if we do not receive payment by the deadline.
  • You may submit payment with a credit card (through PayPal) but a service charge is assessed. Simply input your school name below and then update the quantity in your “cart” to reflect the number of room nights that you need (e.g. 3 rooms x 3 nights = 9 room nights).

    School Name


W9 Form

Many universities require a W9 form in order to process payment. You can download ours here: W-9 Form.

Downtown XI Field
  • American University
  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • Fordham University at Lincoln Center
  • Furman University
  • Harvard University
  • Miami University at Ohio
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Northwood University
  • Rhodes College
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Virginia
  • Yale University

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