UGA School of Law wins its third national advocacy competition of the season


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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

UGA School of Law wins its third national advocacy competition of the season

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law recently took first place in the 18th Annual National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, marking its third national advocacy title so far this academic year.

Third-year law students Leslie B. Horne and Emily E. Shingler defeated teams from schools such as New York University, the University of Washington and the University of Connecticut to win the competition. The pair also placed as runner-up for the Best Brief Award.

"It is a great honor to take first place in this competition, especially considering the high caliber of the other teams our school competed against," School of Law Director of Advocacy Kellie Casey Monk said. "Not only was it a great win, but it was also a wonderful opportunity for our students to gain more experience with the law, and in the courtroom, as it relates to the First Amendment."

The School of Law also won national championship trophies earlier this year in the Emory National Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition and the William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition.

"We have an extremely talented and dedicated group of students this year," Casey Monk said. "I am so proud of what they have achieved."

Additionally, Georgia Law recently finished as a semifinalist in the regional Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

The team, composed of second-year law students Amanda L. Brooks, Amer H. Ahmad, Andrew J. Lavoie and Joshua B. Portnoy, also won the Best Brief Award, and Ahmad and Lavoie both won oralist awards. Third-year students George A. Campbell and Emily E. Shingler served as brief editor and team coach, respectively.