Texas Tech School of Law Teams Continue Success in National Competition

The Texas Tech University School of Law students continue to bring home championships from American Bar Association (ABA) competitions.

Written by Sarah Whetstone

The Texas Tech University School of Law students continue to bring home championships from American Bar Association (ABA) competitions. After winning two national championship titles in mid October, second and third-year law students have added four more trophies to their collection.

The regional ABA Arbitration competition was held at Texas Tech because of the team’s national champion status. Texas Tech teams swept first and second places. The regional champion team comprises third-year law students Tiffany McDuff of Rule and T.J. Roberts of Lampasas; and second-year students Paul Miller of Austin, and Sam Ackels of Dallas.

The ABA Arbitration regional runners-up are second-year students Matt Simmons of Midland, Matt Butler of Crawford, Courtney Stamper of Pinehurst, and third-year Clayton Hightower of Marshall. Both teams were coached by adjunct professors Murray Hensley and Shery Kime-Goodwin. Hensley has served as the coach for all of the school’s national mock trial and arbitration competitions for the past 28 years.

Meanwhile in Topeka, Kan., the ABA Legal Negotiations team finished second in its regional competition, winning a ticket to the national competition in February in Boston. Second-year team members Nate Peevey of El Paso and third-year David Thompson of Spring were coached by professors Wendy Humphrey and Nancy Soonpaa, who led the Legal Negotiations team to a world championship in 2006.

“All of these students and coaches are to be congratulated on their hard work and dedication,” said Walter Huffman, dean of the Texas Tech School of Law. “Their talented efforts on our behalf significantly increase the visibility and reputation of our school and we are proud to bask in their reflected glory.”

In the John Marshall International Moot Court competition held this October in Chicago, second-year law students Courtney Wheeler of Orlando, Fla.; Tom Ben Williams of Ozona; and John Beck of Bedford won second place. The students were coached by adjunct Professor Natalie Roetzel and Robert Sherwin who also is the director of Advocacy Programs. They defeated Chicago-Kent in the quarterfinals and Stetson in the semi-finals before falling to Michigan State. Twenty-four teams competed.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of this team,” Sherwin said. “As second year law students, this was their first interschool competition. To go out and finish second in the nation is nothing short of amazing.”

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CONTACT: Casey Carson, director of alumni relations, Texas Tech University School of Law, (806) 742-3990 ext. 315, or casey.carson@ttu.edu