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Congrats to OU BLSA Chapter on an Outstanding Year

CONGRATULATIONS to BLSA Frederick Douglass Moot Court team members Graham Boone and Courtney Hilliard!  The team won 2nd place at the regional competition in Dallas last weekend.  This qualifies them for the national finals in Atlanta, Georgia in early March.  The team also won Best Petitioner’s Brief.  This was quite a feat considering the difficulties we had submitting the brief the day after Thanksgiving!  

Additionally, our OU BLSA chapter won Chapter of the Year and Best Program of the Year. 

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1L Competition Winners

We started the 1L Moot Court Competition with 78 teams, and we are ready to announce the winners.

1st Place:
Nicholas Elliott and Zachary Ryan

2nd Place:
Justin Hedges and Adlai Groves

The top twenty speakers are:
1. Anna Imose
2. Ian Fullington
3. Derek Osborn
4. Patrick Ahern
5. Megan Carothers
6. Justin Hedges
7. Brooke Churchman
8. John Scott Overbey
9. Shane Hill (note: tie)
9. Emily Payne (note: tie)
11. Sally Harrison
12. Andrew Henry
13. Brett Merritt
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BLSA Team Places 3rd in National Competition

Congratulations to the BLSA International Negotiation Competition team for winning 3rd place in the nation at last weekend’s competition in Washington, D.C.  Team members are Valerie Fleurima and Nazareth Haysbert.

One exciting part of this competition is the time frame for preparation.  While they were given some general information beforehand, the side they were representing and the secret facts for their side were not provided until a few hours before each round. 

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OU Law places third in ABA Section of Taxation Law Student Tax Challenge

Congratulations to our National Tax Challenge Team:  Jessica S. Cory and Brandee R. Raney.  They placed third in the American Bar Association Section of Taxation’s 11th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge.  An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, this national competition asks two-person teams of students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice.

Teams were initially evaluated on two criteria:  a memorandum to a senior partner and a letter to the client explaining the result. 

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Trial Team Wins Professionalism Award

During the National Trial Team tournament in Denver, members of each school vote on the Professionalism Award.  The purpose of this award is to recognize the school that best exemplifies the preparation and professional attitude existing in good trial attorneys.  Our team WON this award! 

Congratulations to the team and the coaches for all their hard work and bravery, trekking to Denver just in time for the snow storm! They are:
Coach Amy Pepper
Coach Mary Ann Roberts
Team members:
Paige Hoster
Anden Sharpe
Sam Newton
Matt Brown

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