February 22, 2013
The winning team consisted of, left to right, Brian Sullivan, Josh Avelar and Jefferson Fisher.
A team of Texas Tech University School of Law students won the regional champion title at the National Trial Competition in Baton Rouge, La.
The team – comprised of third-year Brian Sullivan of Austin, and second-year students Jefferson Fisher of Silsbee and Josh Avelar of San Antonio – is now preparing for the national finals after securing Texas Tech’s third regional win in four years at the tournament.
“This win was the result of a tremendous amount of advocate talent and preparation, preparation, preparation,” said Adjunct Professor Dick Baker, who coached the team alongside Melissa Morgan (’05), of Mullin Hoard & Brown L.L.P.
“Numerous hours of practice enabled the team to prepare meaningful and persuasive ‘motions in limine,’ have ready responses to evidence objections, and to be ready to handle any issue on cross examination,” Baker continued. “As they advanced in the competition, they got better and better, until they took the championship. Talent, dedication, persistence and hard work secured the win.”
The National Trial Competition, administered by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers, is the largest and most prestigious mock trial tournament in the country.
Texas Tech Law now advances to the national finals, which take place in San Antonio in April.
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.