Texas Tech Law Team Emerges As National Champions in Moot Court Competition
Three third-year law students won the oldest and most prestigious moot court competition in the world.
Written by Leslie Cranford
National Moot Court Champions. From left: Jason Jordan, Daniel Durell, Alexis Butler and Professor Rob Sherwin.
Texas Tech School of Law’s Advocacy Program continues to prove it is among the nation’s best with its third national championship this school year.
The team of third-year students Alexis Butler, Daniel Durell and Jason Jordan emerged from strong competition to claim the 2011 National Moot Court Competition championship on Feb. 3 in New York. This is the second time in the law school’s history to win this honor, the last coming in 1980. In addition, Butler was named the nation’s Best Oral Advocate.
The National Moot Court Competition is the oldest, and most prestigious, moot court competition in the world. It is administered by the New York City Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). Nearly 180 teams from 124 law schools entered the 14 regional competitions that took place in November, and 28 regional champions and runners up met in Manhattan for the national finals. Texas Tech defeated the team from the University of Tennessee’s College of Law in the final round.
The championship round panel included three federal circuit court judges, two New York State Court of Appeals judges, and the presidents of the ACTL and NYC Bar Association.
In another national competition, third-year student Kate Cross was recently named the nation’s Best Advocate at the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship Tournament, hosted by the University of Houston Law Center’s Blakely Advocacy Institute. This was an invitation-only competition that featured the top 16 moot court programs in the country.
“I’m so proud of our amazing students who continue to do our school proud,” said Rob Sherwin, director of Advocacy Programs. “This has been a banner year for our advocacy program, as these accomplishments mark our third national championship and fourth national best advocate award.”
In addition to the championships above, the following are Texas Tech law school’s wins during the last 12 months: international champions, International Negotiation Competition; national champions (and Best Advocate, Elizabeth Geary), National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition; national champions (and Best Advocate, Shmyla Alam), National Latino/a Law Student Association Moot Court Competition; dual regional champions, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition; regional champions, TYLA National Trial Competition; regional champions, ABA Arbitration Competition.
“Clearly, Texas Tech University School of Law continues to be an advocacy powerhouse,” said Susan Saab Fortney, interim dean and Horn Professor. “Thanks to the team members and Coach Sherwin for their dedication and hard work.”
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