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UGA School of Law wins national mock trial invitational; advances to national tier in moot court tournament

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Writer: Cindy Herndon , 706/542-5172, cindyh@uga.edu Contact: Kellie Casey Monk , 706/542-2739, krcasey@uga.edu

UGA School of Law wins national mock trial invitational; advances to national tier in moot court tournament

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law recently won the William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition, a first for the law school in this tournament.

Third-year law students Kristen P. Boyd, Kevin E. Epps, Scott R. Grubman and Adam L. Hebbard comprised the winning team and were coached by School of Law Prosecutorial Clinic Director Alan A. Cook.

The case argued was State vs. Pamela Scott, a murder case in which Scott was accused of killing her husband but claimed self-defense.

Additionally, the School of Law finished as a finalist in a National Moot Court Competition regional tournament, qualifying the team to advance to the national round of the tournament, which will be held in New York during late January.

Representing Georgia Law in the national round will be third-year law students James E. Butler III, Naveen Ramachandrappa and Alexandra H. Yeager, the same trio that finished as finalists in the regionals.

Each year, more than 150 law schools compete in the regional rounds throughout the United States for a chance to be one of 28 teams to compete at the national tier of the tournament.

"Both our mock trial and moot court programs are doing extremely well," Georgia Law Director of Advocacy Kellie Casey Monk said. "We are very proud of all of our students and the hard work they put into these competitions. To have two national championships, a regional title and the opportunity to win another national trophy so early in the season is phenomenal. We are off to a tremendous start this year."

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