Texas Tech University

Law Students Win American Bar Association National Championship

George Watson

January 24, 2017

Law Championship

The arbitration team claims its fifth national title.

Photos Courtesy: ABA for Law Students

Texas Tech University School of Law students, Ryley Bennet, Brian Burkhardt, Brent Debnam and Andrea Nfodjo won the American Bar Association Arbitration National Championship last weekend in Chicago. This title is the school's fifth ABA Arbitration Championship and third since 2012.

In November, the Arbitration Team traveled to Omaha, Nebraska, and captured the Law School's 98th regional advocacy championship. The national title also marks the school's 40th advocacy championship by going undefeated at the national rounds of the competition.

"The victory is a great testament to the hard work and advocacy skills of the team members," said Richard Rosen, Law School interim dean and Glenn D. West Endowed research professor of law. "It also speaks volumes about our exceptional Arbitration Team coaches, who have successfully brought several national arbitration championship titles to Texas Tech. We are deeply proud of them all."


The second- and third-year law students were coached by Law School adjunct professors Shery Kime-Goodwin and Dick Baker. The coaches have advised multiple teams that have brought national titles to the school.

The ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition consists of a simulation of a arbitration hearing. Each team prepares and presents a case that must contain certain witnesses and details. This year's arbitration topic was "Sharing Economy Law." Texas Tech Law School was one of 10 finalists for the 2017 competition.

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