Written by Michael Castellon

Date: Nov. 17, 2005
CONTACT: Michael Castellon, m.castellon@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – Two Texas Tech School of Law students have won first-place honors at the American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition and will advance to the national competition.

The team of Brandon Hill and Gara Hill, both third-year law students, earned first place honors and will advance to the national finals in Chicago in February.

Twenty teams from law schools as far away as San Diego and Miami competed in the event, which was held Nov. 4-6 at the School of Law.

The team of second-year students Dawn Newell and Rachel Anthony finished in 3rd place overall.

Third-year students Leigh Mauer and Mike Lee finished 5th out of the 20 teams and just barely missed advancing to Sunday’s final rounds.

Second-year students Leila Kallel and Derek Knolton finished 7th out of the 20 teams.

Earlier this year, Texas Tech students Mandy Gundlach and Joy Gibbs won the International Negotiation Competition after finishing as the national runners-up.

School of Law Dean Walter Huffman said the accomplishments reflect the school’s commitment to excellence in academic competition.

“I would like give very hearty congratulations to our teams on a job well done,” he said. “Their achievements speak volumes about the quality of our students, our coaches and our faculty. Associate Dean Brian Shannon and professor Cristina Knolton dedicated many hours towards training our competition teams. Once again, the strength of our advocacy programs has come shining through. Their efforts make me proud to be the dean and proud to be an alum of this great law school.”

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CONTACT: Casey Carson, director of alumni relations, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 742-3990 or casey.carson@ttu.edu