January 25, 2013
From left, Anh Tran, Vaughn James and Deniz Kadirhan.
Texas Tech University School of Law team won the regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Black Law Students Association Convention in Dallas.
Texas Tech’s team of second-year students Deniz Kadirhan of Pflugerville, and Anh Tran of Grand Prairie also won the Best Respondent’s Brief award at the event that qualified them to compete for the national finals March 6-10 at the National Black Law Students Association 45th Annual National Convention.
“I thoroughly enjoyed coaching these two young students as they took on the challenges of this competition,” said Vaughn James, Judge Robert H. Bean Professor of Law. “And now we shall begin preparing for the national competition which will take place in Atlanta during Spring Break.”
The Rocky Mountain Black Law Students Association (RMBLSA) represents one of six regions comprising the National Black Law Students Association.
Each year, each region hosts two advocacy competitions – the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition and the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. The top three teams from each region advance to the national finals.
The teams from Texas Tech, University of Oklahoma and University of New Mexico will represent the RMBLSA this year.
The Texas Tech School of Law is a leader among Texas law schools with a 16-year average pass rate of 90 percent on the State Bar Exam.
A small student body, a diverse faculty and a low student-faculty ratio (15.3:1) promotes learning and encourages interaction between students and professors.