SORONEN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ORAL ADVOCACY
The University of Memphis School of Law is pleased to announce that Jasen McCoy Durrence
is the recipient of the inaugural Christian Soronen Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy.
The Award is for a third-year law student who has excelled as a member of a moot court
inter-school competition team. Jasen was a member of the law school’s ABA National
Appellate Advocacy Competition for two years. He received the award as fifth-best
advocate in the Boston region as a second-year student. He was named the best advocate
in the Las Vegas region as a third-year student and his team won the award for second-place
brief. Jasen also competed in the in-school First Year Moot Court Competition, where
he was a top ten advocate, and in the in-school Advanced Moot Court Competition, which
his team won and where he was named runner-up best advocate. He is Associate Chief
Justice of the Moot Court Board.
The Christian Soronen Award was established in the memory of Christian Soronen, a
2007 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Law. Christian was a member
of the moot court board and received an advocacy award as a member of the school’s
ABA team. Betsy Weintraub, an attorney with Fisher & Phillips and a friend of Christian’s,
founded the award.
The law school’s Director of Advocacy, Barbara Kritchevsky, said that the award took
a big step to helping to recognize the achievements of the many students over the
years who devoted their time and talents to the Memphis advocacy program and helped
bring the law school national recognition as a moot court power. “I am grateful to
Betsy for thinking of Memphis Moot Court as a way to honor Christian and I am thrilled
that Jasen is the first recipient. There are many excellent advocates in the third-year
class who would have been deserving recipients of the award, but Jasen has truly excelled
in in-school and inter-school competitions.”
Jasen Durrence is from Chattanooga and received his bachelor’s degree from the University
of Tennessee at Knoxville.