April 14, 2012

Wash U tops Pepperdine in NAAC final

Washington University in St. Louis School of Law won the 2012 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition this morning, defeating Pepperdine University School of Law to claim supremacy over 208 other teams that began the competition back in February. Stetson University College of Law and University of Georgia were the semifinalists.

UC Hastings College of the Law won Best Brief trophy, while Scott Thompson of Texas Wesleyan University School of Law was the nation's Best Advocate.

April 13, 2012

NAAC semifinal results

And then there were two...

Pepperdine (#4 seed) def. Georgia (#9 seed)
Wash U. (#7) def. Stetson (#6)

NAAC quarterfinal results

Georgia (#9 seed) def. UC Hastings (#1 seed)
Pepperdine (#4) def. Texas Tech (#5)
Stetson (#6) def. UC Berkeley (#14)
Wash U. (#7) def. Texas Wesleyan (#2)

NAAC octafinal results

UC Hastings (#1 seed) def. Liberty (#16 seed)
Georgia (#9) def. South Texas (#8)
Texas Tech (#5) def. LSU (#12)
Pepperdine (#4) def. George Mason (#13)
Stetson (#6) def. Oklahoma (#11)
UC Berkeley (#14) def. Baylor (#3)
Wash U. (#7) def. South Texas (#10)
Texas Wesleyan (#2) def. Texas (#15)

April 12, 2012

Live blogging from the NAAC finals

The national finals of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition are now entering their second day -- the original field of 26 now stands at 16. Octafinals, quarterfinals, and semifinals are tomorrow (Friday), with the final round scheduled for Saturday morning.

It's been a good showing for my Texas schools; three of the top five teams are from the Lone Star State, with another three rounding out the top 16.

The top 16 teams, in order of their seeds:

1. UC Hastings College of the Law
2. Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
3. Baylor Law School
4. Pepperdine University School of Law
5. Texas Tech University School of Law
6. Stetson University College of Law
7. Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
8. South Texas College of Law
9. University of Georgia School of Law
10. South Texas College of Law
11. University of Oklahoma College of Law
12. Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
13. George Mason University School of Law
14. UC Berkeley School of Law
15. University of Texas School of Law
16. Liberty University School of Law

March 10, 2012

Advancing teams from Boston and D.C. NAAC regionals

The last two of the six regionals for the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition took place this weekend in Boston and Washington D.C. As both locales hosted eight more teams than any of the other regionals, the ABA crowned five regional champions from each city instead of the ordinary four. Twenty-six teams will now converge on Chicago in mid-April for the national finals. Without further ado...

Boston Regional:
Stetson University College of Law
South Texas College of Law (two teams)
Texas Tech University School of Law (two teams)

Washington, D.C. Regional:

Charleston School of Law
George Mason University School of Law
Liberty University School of Law
Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit School of Law
University of Alabama School of Law

March 3, 2012

Advancing teams from New York and San Francisco NAAC regionals

The second set of regional rounds for the ABA National Appellate Advocacy took place this weekend in both Manhattan and San Francisco, and another eight teams have punched their dance cards for the national finals.

New York Regional:
Duke University School of Law
Florida Coastal School of Law
Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
University of Houston Law Center

San Francisco Regional:
Baylor Law School
Pepperdine University School of Law
UC Berkeley School of Law
University of Oklahoma College of Law

Next weekend will be the last two regionals in Boston and Washington, D.C. Both regionals will have 40 teams competing, whereas the four others had 32. To compensate for the increase in number of teams, both regionals will send five teams (rather than four) to the national finals. Congrats to the teams that triumphed this weekend, and good luck to everyone competing this next week. Come say hi to me in Boston!