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U of M Moot Court Team Finishes Second in National Competition University News
For release: April 2, 2010

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The University of Memphis Moot Court Travel Team finished second in the National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition (FDMCC) in Boston last month.

After winning the Southern Regional Championship, team members LaChina Algers and Joseph McKinney advanced to the national competition. There are six regions in the competition; the top three teams from each region advance to the national competition. In the competition, teams argue a fictitious case as if they are in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. In some rounds, the students argue for the defendant; in other rounds they represent the U.S. government.

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Pictured are Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law students LaChina Algers, left, and Joseph McKinney, right, with their coach, Andre Mathis, a member of the Memphis law firm of Glankler Brown. Mathis is a 2007 graduate of the U of M law program.

Teams at the competition included Columbia University, Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, the University of Laverne, Loyola University Chicago, John Marshall Law School, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Georgetown University, the University of Baltimore, the University of Richmond, the University of Georgia, the University of Texas, the University of Oklahoma, and Texas Southern University.

After five intense rounds of competition, the team advanced to the finals. After a hard-fought final round against a team from Columbia University (Algers and McKinney defeated another Columbia team in the semifinals), the U of M team finished as runner-up in the national competition.

The team was coached by Andre Mathis (JD ’07) and Kendra Tidwell (JD’06), attorneys with the Glankler Brown law firm.

The panel of judges included FDMCC national advisory board members Charles Tucker and Lionel Sims, both assistant U.S. attorneys general in Washington, D.C.; David F. Banks, division head in Walt Disney Company’s Legal & Contracts Department; Asha S. Bryant, deputy attorney general for New Jersey; Alexander Hunter Jr., associate justice of the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court; and Mark C. Fleming, a Harvard Law School alumnus and former clerk for Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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