Nov. 17, 2016 — The firm of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP has agreed to extend for another three years its sponsorship of the national moot court championship hosted by the Blakely Advocacy Institute of the University of Houston Law Center.
The firm sponsored the tournament, an accompanying symposium, and reception for the previous six years.
"We are delighted that Andrews Kurth Kenyon has renewed its financial support of the national moot court competition hosted by the Blakely Advocacy Institute," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. "Andrews Kurth Kenyon has been a vital partner of the Law Center in countless ways by endowing a faculty chair held by Professor Craig Joyce, buying tables at the annual Gala, underwriting the Intellectual Property Information Law Institute's lecture series, and supporting the Pre-Law Pipeline Program. We look forward to continuing and strengthening our long relationship with Andrews Kurth Kenyon."
"Moot Court competitions provide valuable, real-world training for law students interested in trial and appellate law," said Robert V. Jewell, managing partner of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP. "We are proud to support this competition and look forward to seeing the young advocates it helps to produce."
Jim Lawrence, executive director of the Blakely Advocacy Institute, devised the point system for determining the best moot court teams in the nation and conducted the first tournament in January 2009. Sixteen teams from across the country qualify for the Andrews Kurth Kenyon National Moot Court Championship based on points accumulated by their finishes in major tournaments throughout the previous year.
During the course of three days, local, state and federal judges hear arguments at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse, leading to the eventual winning team which is declared national champion.
A symposium on a legal issue relating to the competition's subject matter is held during the day on Thursday before competition starts that evening. This year's topic is Sports Law, which coincides with Houston's hosting the Super Bowl one week after the competition.
"Andrews Kurth Kenyon has made the development of the Moot Court National Championship possible," Lawrence said. "We are extremely grateful to them for their continued support."