January 30, 2014
Thomas, Stoehner, Crocker and Miller.
Texas Tech University School of Law secured its 31st national advocacy championship at the American Bar Association Arbitration Competition in Chicago.
The win is the law school’s third national title in the 2013–2014 academic year, following its championships at the Hassell National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and at the National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition in Malibu, California, last fall.
With three national championships under its belt, the 2013 advocacy season quickly is approaching the level of success achieved during the 2012 academic year, during which Texas Tech Law teams won four national championships, four state and regional championships and advanced three national finalist and four national semifinalist teams.
The team behind this most recent win, comprising second-year law students Drew Thomas of Madison, Wis.; Taylor Stoehner of Flower Mound; Delaney Crocker of Lubbock; and Caleb Miller of Fresno, Calif., went undefeated at both the regional competition in California last November and at the national championship in Chicago. Their win marks the law school’s fourth national title at this competition since the 2007 academic year.
“The competing teams in the national round were equally matched in terms of intelligence; we just outworked them,” Thomas said. “Our coaches, Shery Kime-Goodwin and Dick Baker, worked three days a week collaborating, honing and refining our advocacy skills.”
Miller also reflected on the group’s unwavering dedication during practice rounds.
“Though the team and our coaches sacrificed precious free time for preparation, including weekends and holidays, it all became worth it the moment the ABA announced our names as the national champions,” Miller said. “It was an emotional experience for all of us that I would not trade for the world.”
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.