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This year saw Memphis Law’s advocacy teams continue to find success at both the regional and national levels.

The law school’s National Moot Court Competition team were National Finalists, winning 2nd place in the nation at the 74th Annual National Moot Court Competition, held in January in New York City at the New York Bar Association. The National Finalist Team was comprised of Thomas Fletcher, Kelsey McClain, and Derrick Shawver and coached by Professor Barbara Kritchevsky. The Best Brief Award went to Memphis Law team member Kelsey McClain, who was also named as Runner-Up Best Oralist in the Final Round.

The Memphis Law Duberstein Bankruptcy Travel Team found great success at both their respective regional and national competitions.

The Duberstein team secured a TOP 3 finish at the 32nd Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition earlier this Spring at St. Johns University School of Law. The team came in third overall in the nation out of 52 teams. The team of Elizabeth Hunt and Tarik J. Terry beat 50 other law schools and 100 competitors on its way to the Third Place finish.

They were also named Regional Champions, winning first place in the Sixth Circuit’s Shapero Cup Regional Duberstein Competition in February. The law school fielded two teams in the competition, with the team consisting of Alexandra Nabity, Carson Klepzig, and Alton Smith winning FIRST place and the team of Elizabeth Hunt, Tarik Terry, and Olivia Cox competing admirably in the semifinal round.

Additionally, Alexadra Nabity won the award for Best Oral Advocate.

The teams were coached by Memphis Law alumna Eliza Jones.

This year’s National Trial Team consisting of Peyton Barrow (3L), Annika Rush (3L), Kelsey McClain (3L), Cody Tolbert (3L), Ciana Charity (2L), and Mary Cano (2L), made it to the final round of regionals in the Spring at the National Trial Competition in Birmingham. The team was coached by Brigid Welsh, Ashley Finch Moore, and Faith Watson.

The Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Team advanced to the National Finals after finishing third in the southern regional competition. The team also won best brief in the region. The competitors were Iasia Peoples and Derrick Ransom. The team was coached by Jarrett Spence.

The Constance Baker Mottley Mock Trial Team also competed in the regional competition. The team members were Ian Reddick, Imani Bruce, Alfred Dyson, and Tony Self. Patrick Hillard was the coach.