UHLC teams gather trophies in competitions at home and abroad

Prof. Lonny Hoffman
David Lopez, left, and Lance Morgan proudly show the national championship plaque they won along with a third team member, Melissa MacNeil, at the CAU Immigration Law Competition.

Feb. 23, 2016 -- University of Houston Law Center students took their advocacy and mediation skills east and across the Atlantic, walking away with victories and awards in four competitions earlier this month.

“We have tremendous students” said Jim Lawrence, director of the Blakely Advocacy Institute, “and their success continues to show the strength of our broad-based advocacy training”.

Moot court teams showed their range, making exceptionally strong showings in immigration, environmental, and criminal law competitions.

In Washington, D.C., the team of David Lopez, Melissa MacNeil, and Lance Morgan was crowned National Champions in the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law’s Immigration Law Moot Court Competition Feb. 19-20. The team was coached by UHLC alumni Sushant Mohan and Evan Blankenau.

Prof. Lonny Hoffman
Kelsey Trom, left, and Elbert Ortiz, along with teammate Catherine Figueiras, were finalists in the Pace University Law School’s National Environmental Law Moot Court competition

Further to the northeast in White Plains, NY, the team of Catherine Figueiras, Elbert Ortiz, and Kelsey Trom were finalists in the Pace University Law School’s National Environmental Law Moot Court competition Feb. 18-20 which featured 54 teams from across the U.S. The team was coached by UHLC alums Sarah Williams and Phillip Baggett, with subject matter assistance from Victor Cardenas of the firm of Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs.

Sepi Zimmer was named “Best Speaker – Preliminary Rounds” in the Costello Criminal Law Mock Trial Competition that was hosted by George Mason University Law School in Arlington, VA, on Feb. 4-6. The UHLC teams were coached by UHLC alums Jackie Houlette and Julie Gray.

Fabiana Baum and Sebastian Ornstein brought home the award for “Best Mediation Plan” from the International Commercial Mediation Competition, hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France, Feb 5-10. The competition featured 66 teams from 30 different countries. The UHLC students were coached by UHLC alum Kevin Hedges.

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