by Barbara Kritchevsky, Director of Advocacy and Cecil C. Humphreys Professor of Law
The spring of 2011 was one of the most successful semesters ever for Memphis Law travel
2011 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial National Champions
Memphis Law won its first national Mock Trial championship ever this spring when Memphis
won the 2011 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition in Houston. The team members
were LaChina Algers, Angela Harris, Chandra Madison, and Joseph McKinney. The team
defeated teams from Harvard, Texas Wesleyan, DePaul, Seattle, and St. Mary’s on the
run to the championship. Memphis joined seventeen other teams, the top three teams
from each region, in the national finals. Memphis first competed in the Raleigh,
North Carolina region and defeated teams including Faulkner and Cumberland Law School.
Melanie Murry of the University General Counsel’s Office was the team coach. Memphis
Law alumna and former Thurgood Marshall team member Bridgett Stigger (JD 10) assisted.
Read an article about the team in The Commercial Appeal.
(Pictured from left: Bridgett Stigger (coach), LaChina Algers, Chandra Madison, Joseph
McKinney, Angela Harris, and Coach Melanie Stovall Murry)
2010-11 Moot Court Travel Team success
Duberstein Bankruptcy Final Four
The Duberstein Bankruptcy Law Moot Court team of Randall Noel and Jennifer Sutch took
third place in the 2011 Duberstein Competition, besting 45 teams! This is Memphis’
best finish in the Duberstein competition. Memphis fielded two Duberstein teams for
the first time. Its second Duberstein team, Bill O’Connor and Lauren Siegel, received
an honorable mention brief award. Memphis Law alum, Mark Wright(JD 01), was the team’s
coach. The Bankruptcy section of the Memphis Bar Association generously funds the
(Pictured from left: Jennifer Sutch and Randall Noell)
ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition National Sweet Sixteen
The 2010-11 3L ABA team of Tracy Bradshaw and Grace Whiting reached the Sweet Sixteen
of the National Finals of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Chicago.
The team beat Duke and Charleston in the preliminary rounds, but then lost a close
split decision to Texas Tech in the Sweet Sixteen. Jake Hubbell was the third, brief-writing,
member of the team. Tracy and Grace reached the National Finals after advancing undefeated
through the Seattle Regional. They defeated teams from Houston, Southwestern, and
Chicago-Kent in the Regional preliminary rounds and then eliminated Thomas Cooley
and Loyola Los-Angeles to advance to Chicago. Tracy and Grace also reached the National
Finals last year.
(Pictured from left: John Michael Ryall, Coach Barbara Kritchevsky, Grace Whiting,
Jake Hubbell, Tracy Bradshaw, Megan Fuller, and Jo Waddell)
The 2L ABA team, Megan Fuller, John-Michael Ryall, and Jo Waddell, also did very well
in the Seattle Region, but unfortunately, did not advance despite great oral scores.
Jo received recognition as the ninth best advocate in the thirty-odd team region.
The teams enjoyed great support from alumni, faculty, and students in preparing for
the competition. A stellar panel of Leo Bearman, and alums Kim Hodges (JD 00), Steve
Likens (JD 88) and Steve Parker (JD 05) judged the pre-Nationals dress rehearsal.
Dean Kevin Smith, Professor Lynda Black, Ross Dyer, Michael Goodin (JD 08), Blake
Neill (JD 10), Tim Perkins (JD 05), and Assistant Dean Estelle Winsett (JD 97) judged
the pre-Regionals dress rehearsals. Professor Barbara Kritchevsky, Director of Advocacy,
coached the ABA teams.
Other 2010-11 Travel Team news
Wagner Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Team
Emily Blaiss, Rachel Hayes, and Emily Long represented Memphis in the Wagner Labor
& Employment Law Moot Court Competition in New York. The team had great rounds, but
did not advance due to a mix-up in scoring. Tim Perkins ’05 was the team coach.
National Mock Trial
Memphis fielded two teams in the National Mock Trial regional competition in Charlotte,
North Carolina. Team members were Sean Day, Zach Glaser, Jamie Kidd, Chandra Madison,
Atina Rizk, and Jordan Russell. Despite a great showing, the teams did not advance.
Professors Kate and Danny Schaffzin were the teams’ coaches.
2010-11 In-School Competitions
Congratulations to Daniel Cossey and Sarah Spitzer on winning the Mock Trial Competition!
Daniel and Sarah defeated Eric Mogy in a closely-contested championship round before
judges Chris Craft, Steve Shankman, Laura Rogers, Vicki Jones, Doug Halijan, Thomas
Cassidy, and Professor Danny Schaffzin. The win made Cossey/Spitzer one of the moot
court program’s most successful teams; they won the Freshman Moot Court two years
In other Mock Trial awards, Daniel Cossey was named best advocate of the competition
and Cara Howe was runner-up. Will Hackett was best 2L advocate and Kara Youngblood
was runner-up. Best trial notebook went to Angela Griffith and Daniel Hamilton; Aaron
Perry and Ryan Hagenbrok were runners-up. Matt Crigger and Marshall Digmon had the
best motion; Meredith Lucas and Lindsey Watson were runners-up. Associate Justice
Sean Day ran the competition.
Congratulations to Booke Stevens and Brigid Welsh for winning the largest in-school
competition, Freshman Moot Court. Stevens/Welsh defeated Jay Clifton and Katy Parrish
in the finals. Welsh was best advocate for the competition and Parrish was runner-up.
In addition to the four finalists, Raz Axente, Joshua Baker, Julie Bigsby, Nathan
Cate, Zach Jones, and Libby Rogers received recognition as the competition’s best
advocates. The problem concerned the First Amendment rights of high-school students.
An excellent panel consisting of Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder, Tricia
Herzfeld of the ACLU, and Valerie Speakman, General Counsel for the Memphis City Schools,
judged the final round. Associate Justice Aaron Perry ran the competition.
There are two advocacy awards for graduating seniors – the Joe Moore Award and the
Deal Cooper Holton Trial Advocacy Award. Jamie Kidd won the Joe Moore Award, which
recognizes the graduate who most excelled in moot court and mock trial competitions,
contributions to the Board, and success in evidence and advocacy courses. LaChina
Algers won the Deal Cooper Holton Trial Advocacy Award.
2011-12 Moot Court Board news
The 2010-11 Moot Court Board Executive Committee, now our recent grads – Chief Justice
Jamie Kidd, Associate Chief Justice Joseph McKinney, and AJs Andrew Pate, Sean Day,
and Aaron Perry – ended their highly-successful year at the Moot Court banquet in
April 2011. The Board unveiled a Board Member of the Year Award, going to the board
member not on the executive committee who contributed most to the success of the board.
The inaugural winner was LaChina Algers, in recognition of her work securing judges
as the Board’s Professional Liaison.
The 2011-12 Board has been hard at work. Elisabeth Toecker is the current Chief Justice
and Rebecca Hinds in the current Associate Chief Justice. Jennifer Sutch is the Associate
Justice for Advanced, Jordan Russell for Mock Trial, and Monica Timmerman for Freshman.
Other new Board members are Madeline Bertasi, Patricia Blount, Hillary Edwards, Joey
Friedman, Megan Fuller, William Hackett, Ryan Hagenbrok, Rachel Hayes, Jasmine Johnson,
Rachel Kelly, Emily Long, Allison McKnight, Andrew Mills, John-Michael Ryall, and
National Trial Competition
The Board is also hard at work planning for the 37th National Regional Trial Competition, which we will host February 17-19, 2012. 30 teams are coming to Memphis to compete,
so this will be quite an undertaking. Professor Donna Harkness is the faculty administrator;
student administrators are Patty Blount and Allison McKnight. Rounds will be held
at the County Courthouse and the law school. We will need judges and financial support.
Please contact the Moot Court Board at email@example.com if you can help in any way!
Stay in touch
The Board is trying to update its lists of potential judges in advance of the National
Mock Trial Competition and is contacting known supporters. If you receive a questionnaire,
please return it. If you don’t receive one, please call (678-2679) or email the Board
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask for one. We want to stay in touch.
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