February 29, 2012

Ole Miss doubles down at Pace

The University of Mississippi School of Law repeated this past weekend at the 77-team National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace Law School. They had to beat the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and perennial favorite Lewis & Clark Law School in the final round (remember, Pace always has a three-sided problem, so each round features three teams). Florida Coastal School of Law, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Northeastern University School of Law, University of Tennessee College of Law, and Texas Tech University School of Law were the semifinalists.

Texas Tech also claimed the Best Overall Brief award, while Trevor Smith from Florida State University College of Law hauled in Best Oralist honors.

While Ole Miss's repeat win is impressive in its own right, this year marks the sixth straight final round for Lewis & Clark. That said, they've got a while to go before they rival South Texas College of Law's ridiculous 13 straight final-round appearances at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition from 1990 to 2002 (during which time they won 9 of their 14 NAAC championships).

Ole Miss has a press release here.

February 25, 2012

Advancing teams from Atlanta and Seattle NAAC regionals

The first two regionals for the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition are in the books, with eight teams now making reservations for Chicago in mid April.

I don't have any information on brief scores/rankings or top advocates, so don't bother asking (even if I did, I wouldn't post until after the whole tournament has finished in order to protect the anonymity of the teams).

And away we go...

Atlanta Regional:
Ave Maria School of Law
Florida A&M University College of Law
University of Georgia School of Law
Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Seattle Regional:
Seattle University School of Law
UC Hastings College of the Law
University of Texas School of Law
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

So, unlike last year, when all six regionals had at least one school win two championships, neither of the first two regionals saw a school double up.

Next weekend the competition shifts to New York and San Francisco. Congrats to the first eight regional champions, and good luck to the teams next weekend!

February 24, 2012

NAAC regionals underway

The nation's largest advocacy tournament -- the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition -- is upon us. This weekend marks the start of six regional tournaments that will take place over the next three weeks, ultimately sending 26 of the 209 entering teams to Chicago in mid April to compete for the national championship.

For the 2010 and 2011 tournaments, I performed an admittedly unscientific analysis of the "toughest" regional city in terms of program strength. What the hell -- let's do it again...

As in years past, I ran the numbers using three different metrics: last year's 24 ABA regional champions, the top 25 teams in the University of Houston Blakely Advocacy Institute's Moot Court National Championship rankings for 2010-11, and the current top 25 teams (for the 2011 ranking year) according to Brian Koppen's LawSchoolAdvocacy.com ranking site.

If we start with last year's ABA regional champs, San Francisco seems to be the strongest region, with six schools sending seven defending regional champions. University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law (which had two regional champions last year), Chapman University School of Law, Drake University Law School, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Baylor Law School, and UC Berkeley School of Law crowd the field there. Meanwhile, three cities -- Boston, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. -- are all tied with two schools sending three regional champions from 2011. In Boston you've got Texas Tech University School of Law (two champions) and South Texas College of Law; Atlanta plays host to University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law (two champions) and Florida A&M University College of Law; and D.C. will be visited by Liberty University School of Law (two champions) and Charleston School of Law. Incidentally, the Seattle and New York regions have four defending champions each.

Turning to the Blakely Advocacy Institute rankings, New York comes in at the hardest region. There we'll see Duke University School of Law (#6), Seton Hall University School of Law (#7), Columbia Law School (#12), Florida Coastal School of Law (#16), Brooklyn Law School (#19), and University of Houston Law Center (#24) all competing for four national bids. D.C. appears to be the weakest, with only William & Mary Law School (#14) and Liberty (#22) among the top 25 programs in the field.

Finally, Brian Koppen's rankings for the 2011 calendar year tell us that San Francicso will be the most challenging region, with five ranked programs. Baylor (#4), Berkeley (#5), Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law (#6), McGeorge (#14), and Southwestern Law School (#19) will play there. Meanwhile, D.C. again brings up the rear, with Liberty (#25) as the only ranked team.

Anyway, have fun making any sense of all that. Look forward to seeing folks in Boston. Best of luck!

February 9, 2012

Charleston dances its way to first-ever championship at Florida Tax moot

Charleston School of Law won its first national advocacy competition this past weekend, beating 15 schools at the Florida Bar Tax Section's National Tax Moot Court Competition. The nine-year-old law school took out defending champion University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, which finished in second place. Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and Stetson University College of Law were the semifinalists.

Loyola University Chicago School of Law had the tournament's Best Brief. Charleston's Mary Abraham was the Best Oralist.

Charleston has a news release here.

February 3, 2012

Texas Tech repeats as National Moot Court Competition champion

Last night, Texas Tech became just the second school to successfully defend its championship at the National Moot Court Competition, equaling the feat accomplished by Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2007-08 and 2008-09. The Texas Tech team defeated University of California Berkeley School of Law in the final round. Chicago-Kent and Loyola University Chicago School of Law were the semifinalists.

Texas Tech also claimed the award for National Best Brief, while Berkeley's Grace Yang was the tournament's Best Oralist.

February 2, 2012

2012 NMCC semifinal results

And then there were two...

Texas Tech (#1 seed) def. Chicago-Kent (#4 seed)
UC-Berkeley (#14) def. Loyola Chicago (#2)

Final round at 7:30 p.m. EST. See my previous post for the webcast link.

February 1, 2012

2012 NMCC quarterfinal results

Texas Tech (#1 seed) def. Stetson (#8 seed)
Chicago-Kent (#4) def. Iowa (#5)
UC Berkeley (#14) def. Kansas (#6)
Loyola Chicago (#2) def. Regent (#7)

The semifinals are at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, with the final round at 7:30 p.m. EST. As in previous years, the final round will be webcast. Go here to watch.

2012 NMCC octafinal results

Texas Tech (#1 seed) def. Pepperdine (#16 seed)
Stetson (#8) def. Houston (#9)
Iowa (#5) def. Seton Hall (#12)
Chicago-Kent (#4) def. Colorado (#13)
Kansas (#6) def. Creighton (#11)
UC Berkeley (#14) def. Tennessee (#3)
Regent (#7) def. Loyola New Orleans (#10)
Loyola Chicago (#2) def. Seattle (#15)