2021 National Champions - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Apr. 18, 2021 - University of Maryland, Baltimore County is AMTA's 35th National Champion, prevailing over Yale University in the National Final Round held via Zoom, on April 18, 2021. Congratulations to University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Yale University on their outstanding performances in the final round! You can watch the National Final Round here.
AMTA thanks all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly to help us host a successful online National Championship Tournament. We especially want to thank all of the volunteer judges and our distinguished panel of National Final Round judges for volunteering their time this weekend. For more information on the 36th National Championship Tournament's results, please click here, which includes a published tabulation summary for the final round. For more information on the history of AMTA's National Championship Final Round, please click here.
At the Opening Ceremony for the National Championship Tournament, AMTA honored several individuals with annual awards. Justin Bernstein, Director of the A. Barry Cappello Program in Trial Advocacy and Lecturer in Law at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, was honored with the Neal Smith Award in recognition of his contributions to AMTA's educational mission in a broader sense, including for his leadership of AMTA's Academics Committee this year and his service as an AMTA president. In addition, coaches Ryan Faulconer and Toby Heytens of the University of Virginia were inducted into AMTA's Coaches Hall of Fame in recognition of their incredible success and dedication to their students at the University of Virginia. AMTA also acknowledged the contributions of past presidents Dr. Sara Zeigler and Judge David Nelmark, our two division honorees. Finally, AMTA introduced the community to alumna Daniela Pierre-Bravo, a television producer and author, who shared her inspirational personal and professional story with our competitors. You can watch the entire Opening Ceremony here.
At our Awards Ceremony, AMTA alumnus and litigator Nicholas Gowen congratulated the 48 National Championship teams and offered his words of wisdom and advice to the community. We also presented the Spirit of AMTA Awards to University of Maryland, Baltimore County and University of California, Davis in recognition of their commitment to AMTA's ideals of civility, justice, and fair play. The full Awards Ceremony is available here.
Thank you to everyone who competed in AMTA in 2021. This was an unprecedented season and we are so glad that we were able to walk down the #RoadToNCT with you. We look forward to working with you all in 2022 on the road to AMTA's 37th National Championship Tournament. Best wishes for the remainder of the spring semester and we look forward to being in touch this summer and to seeing you all in the fall!