UH Law Center advocacy teams excel in national competitions

Nov. 7, 2018 – Participants in the University of Houston Law Center's mock trial, moot court and negotiation programs have had a busy fall semester collecting individual and team accolades at numerous competitions across the country.

Three Law Center students brought home the Negotiation Champion banner from the 10th Annual St. Johns Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon. The team consisted of 3L student Austin Campbell, and second-year students Lindsay Contreras and James Dorough-Lewis. The St. John's Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon is the first and only competition to include negotiation, mediation, advocacy and arbitration in a single event.

Local trial attorney, Christine Weems, and Law Center alumna and ADR Competition Director, Megan Daic '13, served as the team's coaches.

"Winning the Negotiation portion of this very difficult FINRA triathlon is a demonstration of the skill and commitment of our students and coaches – and also an example of the overall strength of the Law Center's advocacy program," said Jim Lawrence, Director of Blake Advocacy Institute.

At the Billings Exum & Frye Moot Court Competition at the Elon University School of Law, Law Center students placed second. The team included third-year students Samin Agha and Michael Amaya and 2L student Rebecca Sonne. Sonne's writing skills won her the Best Petitioner's Brief award, and Amaya was named the third-best speaker in the competition. The moot court team was coached by Law Center alumni, Luke Gilman '10, Jessica Schaffner '14 and Scott Armstrong '14.

UH Law Center mock trial team members 2L AmyJo Foreman, 2L Cassie Maneen, 2L Kristen Nelson and 2L Joshua Roberts recently advanced to the quarterfinal rounds in the Peter James Johnson  National Civil Rights Mock Trial Competition.

The competition featured 16 schools from across the nation who gathered to compete at St. John's University. The teams argued hypothetical civil case, "Stars and Bars – Black and Blue: A Failure to Act Claim." The UHLC mock trial team was coached by Law Center alumna, Jackie Houlette '93 and Julie Gray '04.

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