Congrats to Competitions Team Successes

March 11, 2013 | By Professor Connie Smothermon, Director of Competitions

CONGRATULATIONS to the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition teams for closing out the tournament in NYC.  Both teams advanced to the FINAL ROUND!  The team of Denise Davick, Joseph Allen, and Selby Brown also won BEST BRIEF.  Gauri Nautiyal won a speaker award.  Gauri's teammates are Brett Merritt and Andrew Henry. These teams qualify for the national finals in Chicago in April.  Coach Michelle Johnson obviously did an outstanding job as well!

CONGRATULATIONS to the ABA Mediation teams who competed this weekend.  The team of Matt Stacy and Alex Butts finished 3rd, and the team of David Floyd and Megan Thompson finished 5th!  Bravo to coach Erin Means!

CONGRATULATIONS  to the AAJ trial team of A.J. Stewart, Justin Hinderliter, Camal Pennington, and Christina DeFiore for finishing 5th!  I almost had to leave Camal in Philadelphia because the Public Defender's office wanted him to start work immediately. 

A hearty thank you to the Board of Advocates and Amy Pepper for their excellent job hosting the Mediation competition this weekend. I started receiving emails of praise from judges before the tournament was even over. Visitors were amazed at the facility, and how smoothly the competition was run.  The OBA ADR section sponsored a reception which capped the evening.

I am so proud of the efforts of our students.  I am most proud of their professionalism. It is a word I hear often about them.  They build an outstanding reputation for the College of Law.

Thank you to everyone who helped prepare these teams.  There are just a few more teams still practicing this year.  Let me know if you want to be a part of the fun.

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