Texas Tech School of Law Teams Stake Claim Among Nation's Elite

[Corrected for names of students on each team] Texas Tech University School of Law’s mock trial and negotiation teams finished second and third, respectively, at the National Black Law Students Association’s (NBLSA) 40th National Convention and Anniversary Celebration held March 26 – 30 in Detroit.

Written by: Ben Samples

Texas Tech was the only university in the nation to claim two top-three finishes in separate events.

"I was extremely proud of the team and felt confident we had won the whole competition," said Calvin Lewis, coach of the mock trial team and associate dean for student and minority affairs at the law school. "Overall, this was a very rewarding and educational experience for the students."

Team members taking second place in the NBLSA National Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition were Marcus Blais, a third-year law student from San Diego, Calif.; Lynn Brooks, a third-year law student from El Paso; Chauncey Lane, a second-year law student from DeSoto; and Amber Webb, a first-year law student from Lancaster.

Team members taking third place in the NBLSA International Negotiation Competitions were Titiana Dixon, a second-year law student from New Orleans, and Courtney Stamper, a first-year law student from Houston. Brian Shannon, Texas Tech's Charles B. Thornton Professor of Law, coaches the team. This is the second year in a row that a Texas Tech law team has placed in third in this national competition.

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.