Georgia Law captures top four finish at national moot court competition; wins Jessup regional


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

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law placed as a semifinalist in the 25th Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Moot Court Competition, which was held in New York at Brooklyn Law School recently.

Second-year law students Lacey L. Houghton, Andrew J. King and Michael T. Rafi defeated teams from West Virginia, Michigan State, New York and Yeshiva universities to finish in the top four out of 36 teams. The trio was coached by third-year law student Elizabeth A. Freeman.

"This tournament always attracts a very strong field of competitors," Georgia Law Director of Advocacy Kellie Casey Monk said. "I am extremely proud of our students for their outstanding performance."

Georgia Law typically performs well at this competition. The school finished as national champions in 2006 and 2002 and as finalists in 2004 and 2003.

Additionally, at the Southeast regional rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Georgia Law captured the championship trophy and finished the tournament undefeated.

Second-year students Blair J. Cash, Erik B. Chambers, Ashley A. Frazier and Mary C. Moore had a perfect 7-0 record defeating teams from Georgia State University, the University of Miami, Stetson University, Vanderbilt University and Florida Coastal in the process.

Third-year student Benjamin W. Cheesbro served as brief editor, and the team was coached by third-year student Kevin P. Murphy along with alumni advisers Myra K. Creighton (J.D.'91) and Amelia G. Helmick (J.D.'05).