UHLC's Blakely Advocacy Institute hosts Andrews Kurth tournament

The top moot court programs vie for national championship now underway

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Jan. 25, 2013 – Sixteen of the nation's top law school moot court programs are competing in Houston this week in the 2013 Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship. The tournament is presented by the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center.

The teams earned their way to the championship competition by achieving outstanding results in major moot court tournaments in the previous academic year.  These "best of the best" programs will bid for the uncontested national crown. For the first time in the tournament's history, Blakely's moot court team qualified for the championship.

"Having our program among the best in the nation and competing right here at home is great recognition for our program, our students, and our efforts," said Blakely Advocacy Institute Director Jim Lawrence.

Previous winners of the Championship include the South Texas College of Law and Mississippi College School of Law.

"In a short time, the Andrews Kurth Championship has developed into one of the most prestigious moot court competitions in the nation," Lawrence said. "The sponsorship of Andrews Kurth along with the collaboration between the Law Center alumni and faculty has helped accelerate the championship's growth."

This year's problem involves the new gray market in the life insurance industry, the Stranger Owned Life Insurance market. STOLI participants seek life insurance as a purpose of investment, rising and falling on the life expectancy of strangers. The tournament is being held at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse, 515 Rusk in downtown Houston.

For more information about the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship, click here.

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