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Moot Court Team Advances to National Finals in New York
For release: Nov. 16, 2005
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The Moot Court team from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law reached the final round of the National Moot Court competition regionals in Birmingham recently, thus earning a trip to the national finals in New York Jan. 30 through Feb. 2.

The last time a Memphis team went to the national finals was 1999; that team finished in the top eight.

More than 200 teams from some 120 schools entered the competition; the top 28 advanced to the finals. The U of M squad – Todd Richardson, Shannon McKenna and Mark Thompson – defeated Ole Miss, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Alabama on its run to the finals before losing to Louisiana State University. The top two teams from each of the 14 regions move on to the national finals.

The Memphis team was composed of second-year law students; they were competing against mostly third-year students. Participants must write a legal brief without outside help and then present oral arguments.

"I'm thrilled for the team and thrilled that the University of Memphis will return to the National Championships," said law professor Barbara Kritchevsky. "The students have worked extremely hard and shown total commitment to success. We're determined to do just as well in New York."

U of M faculty, students, and graduates helped judge practice rounds.

The Moot Court Competition is designed to help law students improve their skills in writing briefs and in oral advocacy. It is sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bar of the City of New York.

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