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American Bar Association names UH Law Center national ABA Competitions Champion

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Nov. 1, 2022 — The University of Houston Law Center has earned the 2021-22 American Bar Association (ABA) Competitions Champion award. Recognized for outstanding skills executed in four Law Student Division competitions, UHLC earned top scores overall, defeating 281 law schools that participated.

This year, more than 1,300 students virtually took part in one or more of the practical skills competitions hosted by the Law Student Division. Split into categories of Arbitration Competition, Negotiation Competition, Client Counseling Competition and National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC Moot Court), law students were able to apply classroom skills learned, gaining real-world experience and preparation for the courtroom.

“This is the first time the Law Center has won this award, and huge credit goes to our directors, incredible students and individual team coaches,” Blakely Advocacy Institute Executive Director James Lawrence said. “Their collective hard work and dedication are a driving force for our teams’ success.”

Nine teams from UHLC participated in the competition, posing a threat in all four categories. Second place was achieved by Autumn Brehon and Libby Spann in the Client Counseling National Finals. Tiffany Penner, Emory Powers and Piper Replogle advanced to the semifinal round of the NAAC National Finals.

Results are compiled from ABA law student competitions held throughout the year, awarding the law school with the highest composite point total as Champion. Volunteer attorneys and sitting members of the bench joined as judges for the competitions.

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