When the dust cleared from three days of intense competition, the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the Law Center honored a new winner in its 2nd Annual Moot Court National Championship.
A team from John Marshall Law School featuring students Whitney Hutchinson and Matthew Kellam defeated a Southern Methodist University duo of Adam Doupe and Gemma Galeoto in the final round argued at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse in downtown Houston. Seated as final-round judges in the Ceremonial Courtroom were the Honorable Jennifer Elrod and Harold DeMoss of the Fifth Circuit; the Honorable Dale Wainwright of the Texas Supreme Court; and Dr. William Winslade, the co-director of the University of Houston Law Center’s Health Law & Policy Institute and a Pulitzer Prize nominee for his book Confronting Traumatic Brain Injury.
Teams from Florida Coastal School of Law and South Texas College of Law competed in the semifinals. The Best Brief Award went to Laura Elkayam, Chloe Long, and Vincent Smolczynski from Chicago-Kent College of Law; and the Best Speaker Award went to Danielle Ravencraft from University of Northern Kentucky Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
“Congratulations not only to the team from John Marshall Law School, but also to the other 15 teams that competed in this tournament. There’s only one way to be invited to our Moot Court National Championship – and that’s by recording outstanding performances in major moot court tournaments throughout the United States. The teams that traveled to Houston can fittingly be called ‘the best of the best,’ and the team from John Marshall Law School deserves to be called a true national champion,” said Jim Lawrence, the director of the Blakely Advocacy Institute. “Sincere thanks to our judges and our many volunteers who made this tournament a success,” he added.
Photographers by Chelsea Aldrich
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