Travis H.D. Lewin Advocacy Honor Society

Syracuse University College of Law’s Travis H.D. Lewin Advocacy Honor Society (AHS) is comprised of a select group of second- and third-year law students, representing the best oral advocates at the College.

AHS exists to promote development of critical written and oral advocacy skills essential in the legal profession through a variety of student competition opportunities in appellate, dispute resolution, and mock trial settings. AHS hosts intra-collegiate competitions open to College of Law students throughout the academic year. In addition, AHS certifies and sponsors many inter-collegiate advocate teams that participate in several competitions across the country throughout the year.

Membership Selection Process

AHS is made up of four divisions: the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Division, the Appellate Division, the Trial Division, and the Virtual Advocacy Division (VAD).

In order to gain membership to AHS, an individual must be granted membership to at least one of the AHS divisions. Each division has its own tryout process and membership requirements. Additionally, grade-eligible students can try out for as many AHS divisions as they would like.

Tryouts for the JDr ADR, Appellate, and Trial Divisions are held annually each Spring semester. Tryouts for the Virtual Advocacy Division are held annually each Fall Semester.

College of Law students may also receive Honorary AHS Membership through participation in our annual intracollegiate competitions. Please contact the AHS Executive Director for further information about the membership selection process.

Professor Emeritus Travis H.D. Lewin

In 2019, the Advocacy Honor Society was named after Professor Emeritus Travis H.D. Lewin.

Legendary founder of the College of Law’s Advocacy Program and a long-time advocacy coach and mentor, Professor Emeritus Lewin is a pioneering educator who has made a profound impact on the history of the College and on the lives and careers of its students, most notably in courtrooms nationwide.

“Travis’s legacy has fueled the growth and prestige of the Advocacy Program. Naming the Honors Society for Travis will ensure that future generations of advocates are aware of the Program’s roots and of the innovation it represented when it was created,” says Dean Craig M. Boise.