Welcome to the SMU Board of Advocates!

Who Are We?

The Board of Advocates (BOA) is an organization of law students committed to learning about the advocacy side of the practice of law. Led by an Executive Board and strongly supported by the law school administration and faculty, the BOA promotes the practical side of “lawyering” through on and off-campus competitions in a variety of substantive areas. Whether you aspire to be a transactional attorney working on multi-million-dollar deals or a trial-ready litigator, the BOA provides numerous opportunities for SMU students to hone their advocacy skills.

How Do I Join?

Everyone interested in participating in the BOA must register below.

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Start Over

Meet the 2022-2023 Executive Board!

CHAIR
Michael Schluterman
VICE CHAIR OF ADMINISTRATION
Ali Thorburn
VICE CHAIR OF OFF-CAMPUS COMPETITIONS AND FINANCES
Joy Hetrick
VICE CHAIR OF ON-CAMPUS COMPETITIONS
Tyler Mayer

VICE CHAIR OF OFF-CAMPUS APPELLATE ADVOCACY
Polina DeClue
VICE CHAIR OF STUDENT AFFAIRS
Skyanne Simmons

UPCOMING ON-CAMPUS FALL COMPETITIONS

Negotiations (ALL): September 10
Arbitration (2L/3L): September 24
Moot Court (2L/3L): October 15