Jan. 18, 2012 -- Well-wishers filled the Commons Wednesday evening in support of three Law Center advocacy teams heading off to compete in national championship tournaments. Students, faculty, and staff, many sporting rally T-shirts, indulged in Cajun food while a lively zydeco band played.
The “Go National!” pep rally celebrated the “Blakely Advocacy Trifecta” – marking the first time three different types of Law Center advocacy teams – moot court, arbitration, and negotiation – will be going to national competitions in the same year. Each team demonstrated a high level of excellence by advancing through regional competitions.
Associate Dean Richard Alderman praised the student advocates and their volunteer coaches, most of whom are Law Center alums, for their hard work in helping to bring national recognition to the law school.
“Sending three teams to national competitions signifies a widespread and well developed advocacy program,” said ULHC Associate Dean Richard Alderman. “This is just great for us as an institution.”
Alderman singled out Jim Lawrence ’07, director of the Blakely Advocacy Institute, for the work he has done with the advocacy training program. Alderman said while qualifying for three national championships is an outstanding accomplishment worthy of a party, he looks forward to the day when only 10 or more championship tourneys will warrant a pep rally.
Team members were introduced to cheers and applause. They are: ABA Arbitration: Frank Carroll, Emiliano Fragoso, Casey Jordan, Susan Sweeney, and Whitney Wester. ABA Negotiation: Cara Henley Johnson and David Nguyen. National Moot Court Competition: Cory Fox, Kelsey Heaton, and Casey Holder.
To view a photo gallery from the event, click here.