March 12, 2011

Advancing teams from Boston and St. Louis NAAC regionals

All six NAAC regionals are now in the book, and the 24 teams that will travel to Chicago in April are finally set.

Boston Regional:
Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis
South Texas College of Law
University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law (2 teams)

St. Louis Regional:
Chapman University School of Law
Drake University Law School
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (2 teams)

March 11, 2011

South Texas starts rolling with repeat win at Spong

South Texas College of Law repeated as champion of the William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Moot Court Competition, held February 18-19 at William & Mary Law School. New York University School of Law was the finalist team. Regent University and University of Virginia School of Law were semifinalists at the 16-team tournament.

UVA won the Best Petitioner Brief trophy, while St. John's University School of Law won the Best Respondent Brief award. Jonathan Young from Regent was the Best Oralist.

South Texas has a picture of its team and coaching staff (which outnumbers the team) here. Regent has a website story here.

UC Hastings says they dont...have...to live like a refugee (don't have to live like a ref-u-gee)

UC Hastings College of the Law won the Fourth Annual Asylum and Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition, held February 5 at the UC Davis School of Law. Pepperdine University School of Law finished second, with two teams from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law rounding out the semifinalists. Fourteen schools sent 17 teams to compete.

Southern Illinois University School of Law gets to brag about the Best Brief award. Kelline Linton of Pepperdine was the First Place Oral Advocate.

Here is an article on Hastings's website discussing this and other top finishes. SIU has a picture of its brief-award-winning team here.

William & Mary breathe free at Regent Constitutional Law moot

William & Mary Law School was the top team at Regent University School of Law National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition, which took place February 11-12. Liberty University School of Law as the runner up. Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School and University of Virginia School of Law lost in the semifinal rounds. Sixteen teams from 11 law schools competed.

Williams & Mary also took home Best Brief hardware, while Regent's Mark Hicks was the Best Oralist.

Liberty has a little something-something on its website here.

March 10, 2011

George Washington (Law School) tortures opponents at National Security Law competition

Had to put that headline in context, lest anyone think I was telling tales of our first president committing war crimes or some such. Anyway, George Washington University Law School won its own tournament February 12-13, taking first place at the H. Greene & Joyce Hens Green National Security Law Moot Court Competition. University of Virginia School of Law finished second. The tournament featured eight "semifinal" teams -- the top two point-getters in what really amounted to the quarterfinals advanced to the final round. Aside from GW and UVA, those teams were Fordham Law School, Florida State University College of Law, American University Washington College of Law, University of Miami School of Law, Louisiana Statute University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and Baylor Law School. Twenty three teams from 17 law schools participated.

Florida State had the Best Brief; Brian Rodriguez from Fordham was the Best Oralist.

March 9, 2011

AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition regional winners

The 14 regional rounds of the American Association for Justice's Student Trial Advocacy Competition were held this past weekend. Just one team from each region gets the right to double down at the national finals, which will happen March 31-April 3 in fabulous Las Vegas. The advancing teams, by each region:

Atlanta Regional:
University of Tennessee College of Law

Boston Regional:

Suffolk University Law School

Houston Regional:
South Texas College of Law

Indianapolis Regional:
Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Kansas City, Mo. Regional:
University of Iowa College of Law

Miami Regional:
Stetson University College of Law

Montgomery, Ala. Regional:
Samford University Cumberland School of Law

New York Regional:
Rutgers School of Law - Camden

Pittsburgh Regional:

Duquesne University School of Law

Santa Monica, Calif. Regional:
Pepperdine University School of Law

Seattle Regional:
UC Berkeley School of Law

Tulsa, Okla. Regional:
University of Colorado Law School

Wilmington, Del. Regional:
University of Maryland School of Law

Washington, D.C. Regional:
Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law

Ole Miss dethrones Lewis & Clark at Pace Environmental Moot

The University of Mississippi School of Law topped 72 other teams at this year's Pace Law School National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, held February 24-26. Lewis & Clark Law School -- which had won the past three titles -- finished as a finalist along with Baylor Law School (each year the problem is three-sided, so every round consists of three, rather than two, teams). Brooklyn Law School, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law, UCLA School of Law, Vermont Law School, and Washington University in St. Louis School of Law were the semifinalists.

Best Brief Overall was awarded to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and Aaron Dawson of Santa Clara University School of Law was the Best Oralist.

You can go here for a complete list of winners, as well as pictures and footage of the final round. Ole Miss has a press release here. Lewis & Clark has an article titled "Law Students Shine in Multiple Moot Courts" here, but fair warning, most of the stuff it discusses ain't moot court.

March 7, 2011

National Trial Competition regional championship teams

The regional rounds for the Texas Young Lawyers Association's National Trial Competition wrapped up a few weeks back. Two teams from each of the 14 regions will square off in Houston April 6-10. The advancing teams, by each region:

Region 1 (Conn., Me., Mass., N.H., R.I., Vt.):
Suffolk University Law School
Yale Law School

Region 2 (N.Y.):

Fordham University School of Law
St. John’s University School of Law

Region 3 (Del., N.J., Pa., W. Va.):

Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University
Temple University Beasley School of Law

Region 4 (Md., Va., D.C.):

Georgetown University Law Center
University of Maryland School of Law

Region 5 (Ga., N.C., S.C., Tenn.):
Charlotte School of Law
Wake Forest University School of Law

Region 6 (Ala., Fla., Miss.):
Samford University Cumberland School of Law (2 teams)

Region 7 (Ky., Mich., Ohio):
Salmon P. Chase College of Law Northern Kentucky University
University of Kentucky College of Law

Region 8 (Ill., Ind.):

Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law
Northwestern University School of Law

Region 9 (Iowa, Minn., Mo., Wis.):

Hamline University School of Law
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Region 10 (La., Tex.):
South Texas College of Law
Texas Tech University School of Law

Region 11 (Ark., Colo., Kan., N.M., Okla.):

University of Denver Sturm College of Law
University of New Mexico School of Law

Region 12 (Idaho, Mont., Neb., N.D., Or., S.D., Wash., Wyo.):

Lewis & Clark Law School
University of Montana School of Law

Region 13 (Nev., N. Cal.):
Stanford Law School (2 teams)

Region 14 (Ariz., S. Cal., Utah):
Pepperdine University School of Law
University of San Diego School of Law

March 5, 2011

Advancing teams from Brooklyn and Seattle NAAC regionals

The second weekend of regional rounds at the National Appellate Advocacy Competition is in the books. The eight regional champions from the Brooklyn and Seattle regionals:

Brooklyn Regional:
Duke University School of Law (2 teams)
Seton Hall University School of Law
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

Seattle Regional:
Texas Tech University School of Law (2 teams)
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
University of Texas School of Law

The regional rounds will conclude next week in Boston and St. Louis. At that point, the field of 24 national finalists will be set for an early April showdown in Chicago…