A note from UH Law Center Dean Ray Nimmer

From college sports to dancing with the stars, there is something very satisfying about winning a national championship. In January, 16 law schools from across the country will convene on our Law Center campus to determine the first-ever national champion of moot court advocacy.

Dozens of moot court tournaments are held throughout the United States, but the Moot Court National Championship at the Law Center takes the competition to a new level. Each finalist earned an invitation to this tournament with “wins” at major moot court competitions, with a transparent point system used to identify the top 16 teams in the country.

The result is a true “best of the best” competition on Jan. 15-17, 2009, that will showcase superior moot court talent at top law schools. In creating this tournament, the University of Houston Law Center is giving moot court teams something they have wanted for years: a level playing field that can crown a true national champion.

The list of finalists ranges from Harvard Law School in the east to UC-Davis in the west. Others traveling to our campus include George Mason University; Seton Hall University; South Texas College of Law; University of Colorado; University of Memphis; University of Miami; Campbell University; Chicago - Kent College of Law; DePaul University; Loyola University-Chicago; Mercer University; Regent University; UC-Hastings; and University of Detroit Mercy.

One name not on the list is our own Law Center – but our moot court teams will strive to make the field in 2010. That’s what national championships are all about: they bring out the best performances in teams and individuals. We are proudly looking forward to hosting the finalists from these excellent schools as we take the first step of what should become an annual tradition at the Law Center. Good luck to all, and may the best team win.

Vol 3. No. 12

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