UHLC mock trial, moot court teams advance to national competitions

UH Law Center students Cody Moore, Simone Bray, Joe Quezada and Bayoji Akingbola won third-place honors at the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.
UH Law Center students Cody Moore, Simone Bray, Joe Quezada and Bayoji Akingbola won third-place honors at the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.

Jan. 20, 2016 - University of Houston Law Center students qualified for national mock trial and moot court competitions by placing third in each event at the Black Law Students Association Rocky Mountain Regional tournament in Denver.

The performance marks the first time UHLC mock trial and moot court teams have reached nationals from this competition in the same year.

Along with a third-place finish in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, UH Law Center students Allegra Sturns, left, and Danielle Dary were recognized for Best Petitioners Brief.

“Having teams advance in moot court and mock trial is a reflection of our broad-based skills training approach,” said Jim Lawrence, director of the Blakely Advocate Institute. “These students deserve a lot of credit for their commitment and hard work. They are highly skilled advocates and should excel at the national competition in March.”

In the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, team members Danielle Dary and Allegra Sturns finished in third place and won Best Petitioners Brief.

Team members Bayoji Akingbola, Simone Bray, Cody Moore, and Joe Quezada also earned a third-place finish at the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.

UH Law Center alumni Casey Jordan ‘14, Keith Harris ’15, and Shanice Newton ’14, worked with the teams prior to the competitions.

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