April 9, 2013
The winning third-year students are Ashirvad Parikh, Suzanne Taylor and Reagan Marble.
A team of third-year students claimed Texas Tech University School of Law's 27th national championship at the American Bar Association (ABA) National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Chicago.
Reagan Marble of Jourdanton, Ashirvad Parikh of Kingwood and Suzanne Taylor of Arlington defeated perennial contender South Texas College of Law in the final round of the competition, taking six of seven ballots from a panel that included six federal district court judges and one judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
"Congratulations to Reagan, Ash and Suzanne on this incredible accomplishment," said Robert Sherwin, director of advocacy programs and team coach. "They have won the largest, and arguably most prestigious, moot court competition in the country."
Sherwin coached the team with Elizabeth Hill ('12), an associate at Craig, Terrill, Hale, & Grantham, LLP.
Marble earned the Best Oralist distinction in the preliminary rounds and went on to become Second-Best Oralist overall. Taylor, who also serves as the student regent on the Texas Tech Board of Regents, was the Fourth-Best Oralist in the preliminary rounds and Third-Best Oralist overall. Parikh's brief ranked fourth in the nation.
The win marked Texas Tech Law's fourth overall ABA championship and the third-straight year that a Texas Tech Law team has claimed one of the top two American moot court contests. In 2011 and 2012, Texas Tech Law teams won the National Moot Court Competition hosted by the New York City Bar and American College of Trial Lawyers.
In related news, second-year students Stephanie Basom of Midland and Aaron Tatyrek of Vernon placed second overall and won the Best Brief Award among Petitioners Briefs at the Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition at Elon University School of Law. Associate Director of Employer Relations Ashley Withers coached the duo at the competition that hosted 35 teams representing 24 law schools.
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.