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National Moot Court Team Wins Best Brief and Advances to National Competition

Congratulations to the National Moot Court Team of Nicole Lynn, Drew McNeil, and Lindsay Kistler Swiniuch!

The team coached by Professor Stephen Henderson and Professor Connie Smothermon won Best Brief at the regional competition in Omaha, Nebraska.  They also won the Elite Eight and Final Four rounds, eventually losing to Creighton in the final round on a split decision by .62 of a point (out of a total 100).

The final round appearance qualifies the team for the National Moot Court National Finals in New York City in February.  

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Interning in Las Vegas

I spent this summer working for the District Attorney’s office in Clark County Nevada.  Our office was located in the Regional Justice Center in downtown Las Vegas, just four blocks from Freemont Street.  

The Clark County DA (CCDA)’s office is broken into six general litigation teams, and six specialty teams.  The general litigation teams, also known as track teams, handle a wide variety of cases including misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors, and felonies. 

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2014 Convocation

OU Law celebrated the graduation of 153 juris doctorate and 20 master of laws students on Saturday, May 10th at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.  
 
Serving as the keynote speaker for the convocation was United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Judge Robert E. Bacharach.  President Barack Obama nominated Judge Bacharach January 4, 2013, when the set was vacated by Robert Henry.  The United States Senate confirmed his nomination February 25, 2013 and he received his commission February 28, 2013. 

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The Student Bar Association Welcomes a New Board of Governors

The Student Bar Association (SBA) wraps us the 2013-2014 school year by electing a new Board of Governors.  The SBA Board of Governors for 2014-2015 is as follows:

President: Elise Puma, 3L
Executive Vice President: Christy Atwood, 2L
Vice President of Finance: Cassandra Kolenda, 3L
Vice President of Marketing: Kristin Newman, 2L
Vice President of Special Events: Melissa Cowle, 2L
Vice President of Programming: Erin Erhardt, 3L
3L Class President: Luke Miles, 3L
2L Class President: Sam Merchant, 2L
1L Class President: Elected in Fall

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Oklahoma International Law Society Hosts Stephen Mathias Breakfast Reception

March 28, 2014 was a memorable day for the University of Oklahoma College of Law – particularly for the school’s Oklahoma International Law Society (OILS), which hosted a breakfast reception for U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Stephen Mathias.

Mathias, one of the highest-level officials to speak at the College of Law this year, opened the breakfast with remarks relating to hot international law topics before engaging in a Q-and-A style discussion with OILS members. 

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