And the field of 24 is complete: This weekend was the last of the three sets of regional competitions for the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Two weekends ago it started with Las Vegas and San Francisco; last weekend it was Brooklyn and Washington, D.C. My Miami contact (Prof. Sander Moody at Florida Coastal School of Law) said he had heard some rumblings that perhaps the initial announcement by the competition coordinators was incorrect, but that he's likewise confident his notes reflect the four correct regional champions. So, with that caveat noted, the final eight teams to punch their tickets to the national finals in Chicago next month are:
Emory University School of Law
South Texas College of Law (2 teams)
University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
University of Oklahoma Law Center
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (2 teams)
I'm dubbing this year the "year of the Double-Double," in part because I'm an enormous fan of the In-N-Out Burger, but more so because I doubt there's ever been a year with so many schools advancing two teams. Loyola Law School Los Angleles, Seton Hall University School of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law, and now South Texas and WashU are all sending both of their teams. Pretty amazing...
I'm also very proud of my fellow Texans -- Tech and South Texas will be joined in Chicago by Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Baylor Law School, and University of Texas School of Law. In all, 7 of the 24 national finalists (nearly 30 percent) are from Texas schools. And if you throw in our neighbor OU, you'll see why I continuously argue that Texas is one of the most competitive advocacy regions in the country -- particularly at the National Moot Court Competition, where all those schools (from Texas and Oklahoma) have to battle it out for just two spots at the national finals.