School of Law wins National Moot Court Championship
October 8, 2010
Win marks the 21st national/international championship for the university.
For the third consecutive year, the Texas Tech University School of Law won the
top prize at the National Latino/a Law Student Association competition held in New
Haven, Conn. at the Yale School of Law. Texas Tech has won the title every year of
the competition’s short history.
The Texas Tech team consisted of third-year law student Shmyla Alam, of Garland, and
second-year students Ricardo Bonilla, of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Austin
Pennington, of Rockwall. Alam was named Best Advocate of the preliminary rounds and
Best Advocate in the final round.
Robert Sherwin, adjunct professor and director of advocacy programs at Texas Tech,
coached the team to its winning title. He said the victory was particularly satisfying,
and that he was happy to hear the recognition Texas Tech is earning throughout the
“To win this competition for the third straight year, and to beat Yale on its own
‘home court,’ is really something special. It’s something these three students are
going to remember for the rest of their lives.”
“Throughout the competition, teams kept telling us that they heard we were the team
to beat,” Sherwin said. “It’s nice to know that our reputation precedes us all the
way to the most prestigious of Ivy League schools.”
Upon winning the competition, Texas Tech bested 13 other teams from around the nation
including Boston College, Thomas Jefferson, and UC Davis, to name a few. In the final
round of competition, Texas Tech defeated the hometown favorite Yale with a judging
panel composed of Yale alumni.
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CONTACT: Robert Sherwin, director of advocacy programs, School of Law, Texas Tech
University, (806) 742-3787, or firstname.lastname@example.org.