October 22, 2013
Written by Kari Abitbol
Robertson (left), Tatyrek and O'Shaughnessy
Texas Tech University School of Law recently won its 29th national advocacy championship at the Hassell National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition in Virginia Beach, Va.
Texas Tech Law’s team – composed of third-year student Aaron Tatyrek of Vernon, and second-year students Bridget O’Shaughnessy of Austin and Drew Robertson of Fort Worth – defeated defending champion Liberty University School of Law in the quarterfinal round. The team then prevailed over Florida Coastal School of Law in the semifinal round and in-state rival University of Houston Law Center in the championship round.
In addition to taking the top prize, Robertson’s brief placed fourth in the tournament and Tatyrek was recognized as the third-best oralist.
“This competition was unique in that the issues to be argued were not split amongst the team members,” said Ashley Withers, the team’s coach and associate director of Employer Relations for the law school’s Career Services office. “Rather, Aaron and Bridget individually argued both issues for twenty minutes on behalf of their respective clients. The team embraced the new format and invested many hours ensuring that their arguments were concise, well-supported, and persuasive.
“Aaron, Bridget, and Drew are each incredibly talented, but it was with hard work and practice that they secured the win,” Withers said. “I look forward to seeing these advocates shine in future competitions and in the practice of law.”
The 13th Annual Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition was held October 18-19 at Regent University School of Law.
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.