November 30, 2010

Berkeley takes San Diego Defense Lawyers mock trial crown

UC Berkeley School of Law bested 19 other law schools from across the country at the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association Mock Trial Competition, which took place October 14-16. California Western School of Law finished second at the 20th annual tournament. Thomas Jefferson School of Law and University of San Diego School of Law left with semifinal finishes to their names.

Cal Western has a write up here, in which it mistakenly refers to the tournament as "statewide" (indeed, the competition also had teams from Texas, Washington, D.C., New York, and Pennsylvania). Thomas Jefferson has an amusing story here, which, apparently like its teams, is full of flavor, flair, and personality.

Anybody miss me?

Sorry for the dearth of posts in the past two weeks -- between coaching, my travels and teaching, I've fallen a bit behind. Anyway, I'll spend the next few weeks catching you up on the rest of the fall competition results. I'm still missing a few, but I should be able to get all the news out by the middle of December.

November 15, 2010

Pepperdine plays nice at NCTC mock trial

While its Moot Court Board was busy hosting the National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition, the mock trial team at Pepperdine University School of Law was TCB across town at the Ninth Annual National Civil Trial Competition, hosted by Loyola Law School Los Angeles. University of Maryland School of Law finished second. Suffolk University Law School and Washington University in St. Louis School of Law enjoyed semifinalist recognition. The Ethical Advocacy and Professionalism award went to Samford University Cumberland School of Law. Sixteen teams entered.

The best advocate for both the preliminary rounds and final round was Maryland's Anwar Graves.

Texas Tech grabs spotlight at Entertainment Law moot

My team from the Texas Tech University School of Law was crowned champion at the 13th Annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition, held this past weekend at Pepperdine University School of Law. Western State University College of Law finished a very close second at the 26-team tournament. Texas Tech defeated Southwestern Law School in the semifinals, with Western State taking out Baylor Law School. For Texas Tech, this is our second championship in the the past two years at Pepperdine, and third consecutive final round appearance in "the 'Bu."

The University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law went home with a plaque for the Best Petitioner Brief, and Southwestern did the same for its Respondent brief. Miriam Milstein of the University of San Diego School of Law was the Best Oral Advocate of the Preliminary Rounds, while Elizabeth Geary of Texas Tech was the Best Oral Advocate of the Final Round.

November 12, 2010

Barry strikes again at ABA/Quinnipiac mock trial

It's been a strong semester for Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law; aside from a championship at the National Trial Advocacy Competition and second place at the Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition, the school finished first at the 10th Annual Quinnipiac University School of Law/American Bar Association Trial Advocacy Competition. Creighton University School of Law finished second at the tournament, which took place October 29-31 in Hamden and New Haven, Conn. University of Houston Law Center and host-school Quinnipiac rounded out the final four of the eight-team field.

You want individual awards? Well you got 'em:

Best Overall Advocate: Kristina Sexton, Barry

Best Open: Rebecca Kulhaga, Creighton

Best Direct: Chris Hall, Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

Best Cross: Angela Agastino, Barry

Best Closing: Andrea Finan, Quinnipiac

Full results are here. Creighton's got a website write up here.

Loyola New Orleans locks 'em up at Criminal Procedure Moot Court

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law emerged as champion at the University of San Diego School of Law's National Criminal Procedure Tournament, held October 28-30. St. Thomas University School of Law was Loyola's final-round victim. Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and South Texas College of Law went home as semifinalists. The tournament hosted an impressive 46 teams from 31 different law schools.

St. Thomas had the highest scoring Petitioner brief, with Baylor Law School claiming the award on the Respondent side. Mara Boundy of UC Hastings College of the Law was the competition's Best Oralist.

Loyola does some horn tootin' here. Baylor discusses its brief award here. Hastings mentions Boundy's oralist award and its success at last month's John Marshall Law School competition here.

November 11, 2010

South Texas breathes easy with Health Law win

South Texas College of Law took first place at this weekend's 19th Annual Health Law Moot Court Competition, hosted by Southern Illinois University School of Law and its Center for Health Law and Policy. Loyola University Chicago School of Law was the runner up of the 33-team tournament. South Texas actually beat a second South Texas team in one of the semifinal rounds; the University of Tulsa College of Law lost to Loyola in the other semi.

Tulsa also won Best Brief, which means it gets published in the Journal of Legal Medicine. Stephen Simcox of Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis was the Best Overall Oralist.

South Texas discusses its win here. Tulsa talks about its third-place finish and Best Brief award here.

November 10, 2010

Cardozo top team at Ilinois Appellate Lawyers competition

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University won the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association Moot Court Competition this past weekend in Chicago, ending a string of three-straight ALA victories by Chicago-Kent College of Law (Illinois Institute of Technology). Cardozo defeated Northern Illinois University College of Law in the final round. Texas Tech University School of Law and Chicago-Kent were semifinalists. Sixteen teams from 12 law schools participated.

University of Wisconsin Law School won the Best Brief award. Chicago-Kent's Gregg Barbakoff won Best Oral Argument.

The Illinois ALA had a professional photographer on hand; pictures are here.

November 5, 2010

Barry very, very good at National Trial Advocacy Competition

Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law took home a national championship trophy at the 11th Annual National Trial Advocacy Competition, held October 21-24 at Michigan State University College of Law. The University of Denver Sturm College of Law was the runner-up, with the University of St. Thomas School of Law and the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law coming in as semifinalists. Samford University's Cumberland School of Law was impressive enough to garner the Professional Ethics Award.

As for the individual honors:

Best Overall Advocate: Andrew Cooper, Emory University School of Law

Best Opening Statement: Robert D. Hogan, Florida

Best Direct Examination: Frank Carroll, University of Houston Law Center

Best Cross Examination: Courtney Deblis, St. Thomas

Best Closing Argument: Benjamin Pred, Fordham University School of Law

Full results are here. Barry does some well-deserved bragging here. St. Thomas does the same here.

November 4, 2010

Michigan proves mightiest at Navy JAG moot court

The University of Michigan Law School took the top prize at the Navy JAG Corps 2010 National Moot Court Competition, held this weekend at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. (Somewhat) hometown-favorite University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law finished second, while Empire State rivals Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School enjoyed semifinal finishes at the 22-team tournament.

Stetson University College of Law won the Best Brief trophy. David Evans of Florida can brag about winning Best Oral Argument.

Full results -- including photos and mp3s of the rounds -- can be found here. The Florida Times-Union has a story up here.

November 3, 2010

Chicago-Kent tops all at Tournament of Champions

Chicago-Kent College of Law (Illinois Institute of Technology) climbed to the top of a 16-school mountain this weekend, reigning supreme at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy's mock trial "Tournament of Champions." The competition is an invitational tournament that honors the nation's 16 best mock trial programs according to three-year performance records at the Texas Young Lawyers Association's National Trial Competition and the American Association for Justice's National Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

The University of Maryland School of Law was Chicago-Kent's victim in the final round. Loyola Law School Los Angeles (my Dad's alma mater!) and Stetson University College of Law advanced to the semifinals.

Joseph Carlasare was declared the Best Advocate in the Final Round. Keaton Carr of host school Duquesne University School of Law was the Best Advocate in the Preliminary Rounds.

Click here for a list of 16 schools invited to compete.

Chicago-Kent's website has a story here. Maryland's has one here.

November 1, 2010

SMU kills field at Marshall

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law took home the top prize at this weekend's John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law. Texas Wesleyan University School of Law finished second. The semifinalists were Stetson University College of Law (last year's champion) and UC Hastings College of the Law. Twenty-four teams entered.

Not surprisingly, Hastings won the Best Petitioner's Brief award, with SMU winning the Best Respondent's Brief trophy. (I say "not surprisingly" because the brief counts for 40% of each round all the way through, so winning Marshall with even an average brief score is next to impossible). Brian Sandor of Michigan State University College of Law was crowned Best Oralist. India's Gujarat National Law University won the coveted "Ambassador Round" bowl.

Full results are here.