Texas Tech Law Team Advances to Mock Trial Nationals

A Texas Tech University School of Law team won the 2008 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition for the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Rocky Mountain Region. The competition was Feb. 7-9 in Austin, and was hosted by the BLSA chapter at the University of Texas.

Team members are Marcus Blais, 3rd year law student, San Diego, Calif.; Lynn Brooks, 3rd year law student, El Paso; Titiana Dixon, 2nd year law student, Kentwood, La.; and Amber Webb, 1st year law student, Lancaster. Texas Tech also won the top two individual awards, with Marcus Blais winning the Best Advocate award for the entire tournament and Amber Webb taking second place.

In mock trial competition, a team must be prepared to try both sides of a case, with two "attorneys" prepared on each side. Whichever pair is not trying the case becomes witnesses. The mock trial problem can be either criminal or civil; in this competition the case was criminal.

The team is coached by Calvin Lewis, professor and associate dean for student and minority affairs at the law school, in his second year of coaching mock trial teams.
Previously he coached Texas Tech’s moot court teams for two years.

Texas Tech’s foursome will travel to the national competition, held March 26-30 in Detroit during the National Black Law Students Association 40th Annual National Convention, to compete against 13 other teams for the national title.

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CONTACT: Calvin Lewis, associate dean, student and minority affairs, Texas Tech University School of Law, (806) 742-3990 ext 274, or calvin.lewis@ttu.edu.