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Georgia Law prevails at intrastate moot court competition

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Writer: Curry Andrews, 706/542-5172, lawprstu@uga.edu Contact: Kellie Casey Monk, 706/542-2739, krcasey@uga.edu

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law recently took home the championship trophy and the Best Brief Award at the 2011 Intrastate Moot Court Competition, which included two teams from each of Georgia's five law schools competing for top honors. This is the sixth consecutive year UGA has won this competition and the eighth consecutive year it has earned the best brief title.

The championship team consisted of second-year students Andrew M. Bagley, Rachel D. Ivey and Samuel H. Sabulis, who defeated teams from John Marshall, Mercer University, Georgia State University and Emory University during the two-day event held in Athens.

Second-year students Bailey A. Blair, William F. Crozer and James Hunter Knowles also represented UGA in the competition and finished as semifinalists.

"Georgia Law has traditionally performed well at this tournament," director of advocacy Kellie Casey Monk said. "The competition between the Georgia schools produces some fierce rivalries, and I was excited our students rose to the occasion."

The fictional case argued by the competitors, titled Walter Whyte v. United States of America, addressed legal questions surrounding the Fourth Amendment and whether or not police installing and following a Global Positioning System, or GPS, on a car constitutes an unconstitutional search.

Additionally, first-year student Jocelyn Nicole Maner won Georgia Law's 2011 Richard B. Russell Moot Court Competition, which is held annually for those in the first-year class. Maner defeated classmate Michael C. Gretchen in the final round of the competition to take home the top crown.

For more information on Georgia Law's moot court team, see www.law.uga.edu/moot-court/.

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