Congratulations to the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, which bested 14 other schools at the first ever Moot Court National Championship hosted by the Blakely Advocacy Institute at University of Houston Law Center. Regent University School of Law took second place honors.
South Texas College of Law added to its trophy case with the Best Brief Award, while Lindsay Powdrell of Regent won the competition's Best Speaker Award.
Congratulations to Houston and Prof. Peter Hoffman for pulling off the new competition, which, as I wrote a few weeks ago, will hopefully attain a level of prestige equal to that of the National Moot Court Competition and National Appellate Advocacy Competition.
Houston's website has a nice summary of the competition, along with pictures. Detroit Mercy's press release is here. Regent's website write up is here.
I feel obliged to give props to Jim Lawrence, the Assistant Director of UH's Blakeley Advocacy Institute. In an e-mail I received from Professor Hoffman, I learned that most of the MCNC's coordination was the responsibility of Professor Lawrence, who conceived the idea some years ago.