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Moot Courts Prove Their Skills

FEBRUARY 19, 2009—The Law School's National Moot Court team was one of 28 contenders in national finals at the 59th Annual National Moot Court Competition, held at the New York City Bar Association headquarters in New York City on Feb. 2-5. The Petitioner team, 3Ls Mollie Anderson, Denise Delcore, and Shaun Redford, advanced after winning the November 2008 Region 14 championship with a perfect 6-0 record, plus the trophy for the best petitioner brief. In addition, Delcore and Redford received honorable mentions for the regional best oral advocacy prize.

On Feb. 5-8, the Mock Trial team traveled to Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, for the Regional Mock Trial Competition co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. Craig Buske (2L), Monica Miller, and Mark Wagner (both 3Ls) were undefeated until the regional final, when they lost a split decision by one point and narrowly missed advancing to the Nationals in San Antonio. Adjunct Advisor Mark Olson coached the team, with able assistance from his colleague Dennis Hansen.

Over the Feb. 12-15 weekend, the International Moot Court team, consisting of 2Ls Christopher Kim, Jeff Markowitz, Amy McGowan, and Abby Peterson, placed second in the Southwest Super Region of the International Law Student Association's Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Houston. In addition, Jeff Markowitz won an individual oral advocacy prize. The team will be moving on to the International Rounds in Washington, D.C., in mid-March. Adjunct Advisor Bob DeMay coached the team, with able assistance from 3Ls Jared Cook and Monica Miller.

Good luck to the Environmental Moot Court team, which is at the national competition hosted by Pace University Law School in White Plains, New York, and to the National Appellate Advocacy team, which leaves for the ABA Moot Court regional competition in Boston next week.

Clinical Professor Bradley Clary is the overall Director of Applied Legal Instruction and the faculty advisor for National Moot Court; Susan Miller is the program associate for the department.

National Moot Court team: Mollie Anderson ('09), Denise Delcore ('09), and Shaun Redford ('09)

National Moot Court team: Mollie Anderson ('09), Denise Delcore ('09), and Shaun Redford ('09)