The Downtown: Empire’s Collegiate Program (2018)


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

Competition Information

Welcome to your home for Downtown XII 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 20

Courthouse Arrival
TBA

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 location TBA**

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 21

Courthouse Arrival
TBA

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 location TBA**

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

**Post Round 4 Directions TBA**

6:45 PM
(start as soon as possible)
Closing Ceremony
Location TBA

Monday, January 23

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Championship Round

 

Registration

Registration is $1,050 and includes two meals at the courthouse. The deadline to submit payment is January 1st.  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 (For Check Use Only).

Electronically

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

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


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W9 Form

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

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 $190.  This price is inclusive of tax and shuttle bus fare.

Reserving Hotel Rooms
We ask all teams to fill out the Preliminary Hotel Reservation in the Dashboard, even if they do not plan on staying at the tournament hotel.

  • Complete the Hotel Reservation Step in the Dashboard by Thursday, January 11 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Submit payment to Empire by January 11.  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 check of via credit card (through PayPal) but a service charge is assessed. Instructions are in the Dashboard.
Downtown XII Field
  • American University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Fordham University at Lincoln Center
  • Furman University
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Northwood University
  • Ohio State University
  • Rhodes College
  • Tufts University
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Virginia
  • Yale University
Judge at The Downtown

We’re asking attorneys and law students to judge ONE trial on January 20, 21 or 22. Each trial lasts approximately 2.5 – 3 hours and includes a mandatory 30 minute orientation.

  • Attorneys can earn 3 non-transitional CLE credits in the category of skills for judging (we can’t offer more than 3 credits, even if you judge multiple trials).
  • The program is hosting approximately 175 students from 18 universities, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and NYU, among others.
  • The trials are held at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (500 Pearl Street).
  • Volunteers will either serve as a presiding judge or scoring juror, and will provide students with both written and oral feedback.
  • Complimentary food will be served!

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