Law Teams Shine in National Competitions

School of Law competition teams garner wins in two national contests of legal skills.

National Entertainment Law Moot Court competition (Malibu): Justin Raines, Alexis Butler and Skyler Stuckey, with team coach Rob Sherwin.

National Entertainment Law Moot Court competition (Malibu): Justin Raines, Alexis Butler and Skyler Stuckey, with team coach Rob Sherwin.

Texas Tech University’s School of Law competition teams garnered second-place wins in two national contests of legal skills, which are runners-up to national championships.

In November’s national competition, one moot court team took the second-place spot in the Illinois Appellate Lawyers National Moot Court Competition in Chicago. Another moot court team finished second in the nation at Pepperdine’s National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition in Malibu, Calif.

“I congratulate our talented students for these exceptional results and for representing Texas Tech so extremely well,” said Walt Huffman, dean of the School of Law. “And, of course, a very hearty handshake for our equally talented and hardworking coaches is most appropriate – and thanks also to all of the faculty and staff who devoted their time and effort to help these teams prepare.”

In Chicago, the team of second-year law students Kate Cross of Amarillo, Jason Jordan of Olney Springs, Colo. and Clint Buck of Boerne defeated Cardozo Law School, University of Illinois, and the University of Houston en route to the national finals, where it lost by a point to Chicago-Kent, which has won two consecutive championships at the National Moot Court Competition. As well as the runner-up trophy, the team brought home the Second-Best Brief Award for Clint Buck, the brief writer.

Appellate Lawyers Association national competition (Chicago): Kate Cross, Jason Jordan and Clint Buck pictured with the judges of the national competition.

Appellate Lawyers Association national competition (Chicago): Kate Cross, Jason Jordan and Clint Buck pictured with the judges of the national competition.

The team’s coach, Rob Sherwin said the team’s finish was especially satisfying because the competition was judged entirely by appellate lawyers and appellate judges.  “This is yet another indication that Texas Tech law is teaching its students real-world skills to prepare them for the practice of law,” Sherwin said.

Natalie Roetzel, executive director of the Innocence Project of Texas, and recent Texas Tech  Law School graduate and newly licensed attorney Rickie Cayton, are assistant coaches for the team.

At the Pepperdine contest, the team of Alexis Butler, a second-year law student from Austin, Skyler Stuckey, a second-year law student from Keller, and Justin Raines, a third-year law student and brief writer from Brownsville, also took the national runner up spot. En route to the finals, the Texas Tech trio defeated Cardozo, Loyola-Los Angeles, Texas Wesleyan University, South Dakota and George Mason. The team is also coached by Sherwin.

Sherwin now has taken three moot court teams to national competitions this academic year, and the teams have finished first, second and second.