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Moot Court Team Wins Regional Appellate Competition
For release: March 8, 2006
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A team from the University of Memphis' Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law won the Regional Championship of the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition (ABA-NAAC) in San Francisco last weekend. The team earned a perfect 5-0, defeating the University of South Carolina twice and the universities of Wisconsin, Nevada-Las Vegas, and Oregon once each. The team – Betsy Weintraub, Christian Soronen and Josh Roberts – will advance to the National Finals April 6-8 in Chicago.

"We can be proud that Memphis ranks among the top teams in the nation," said David S. Romantz, associate professor of law and coach of the ABA-NAAC team. "Christian, Josh, and Betsy worked very hard on very difficult legal issues and proved, once again, that students from this School of Law can compete successfully at the very highest levels."

The ABA-NAAC competition requires teams of law students to write an appellate brief and then argue that brief to mock panels of Supreme Court justices. Teams argue in one of five regional competitions. The U of M's regional competition, consisting of 32 teams, was held in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, California. The teams argued two complex voting rights and constitutional law issues involving the case of a paroled felon appealing to have his voting rights restored. This year more than 150 teams participated in the competition.

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