UHLC team heads to nationals after winning ABA regional moot court competition

UHLC team from left to right Brandon Kuhre, Josh Christopher and Michael Ryan are headed to finals after their big win.

UHLC team from left to right Brandon Kuhre, Josh Christopher and Michael Ryan are headed to finals after their big win.

Feb. 23, 2015 – The University of Houston Law Center moot court team took its advocacy skills to New York City this past weekend and walked away with the regional championship in the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition.

The competition is one of the nation’s largest and most competitive, featuring more than 130 teams in six regional tournaments.

Members of the championship team are Josh Christopher and Brandon Kuhre, both 2Ls, and Michael Ryan, 3L. 

The Law Center team bested Brooklyn Law School in the final round in a case involving racial discrimination in the workplace.

“Our students continued to show those outside our walls what we already know about them- that they are exceptional,” said Jim Lawrence, director of the Blakely Advocacy Institute.

 The UHLC team will advance to the national competition in Chicago in early April. Coaches for the winning team were UHLC alums and former moot court participants, professor Cassandra Jeu and Garrett Gibson.

The team dedicated this year’s efforts to long time team coach and Law Center alumni Eli Mark, who passed away a few months ago.

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