UGA School of Law wins state advocacy title


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

WRITER: Nikki Girard, 706/542-5172, lawprstu@uga.edu

CONTACT: Kellie Casey Monk, 706/542-2739, krcasey@uga.edu

UGA School of Law wins state advocacy title

ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law recently captured the 2007 Intrastate Moot Court Championship when it bested a team from Georgia State University for the win. Every year, each law school in the state fields two teams in the competition.

Second-year students Tully T. Blalock, Cameron D. Hawkins and David L. Pilson comprised the winning team, while another Georgia Law team of second-year students James E. Butler, Rachel D. Horton and Catherine D. Runion advanced to the semifinal round. Both groups were coached by third-year students Lauren L. Mock and Glenn T. Singleton.

The winning team also took home the Best Brief Award. This is the second year in a row where Georgia Law has won both the overall title and Best Brief Award in this tournament.

Georgia Law Advocacy Director Kellie Casey Monk said she is extremely proud of both teams' performance against other schools in the state. "The judges were particularly impressed with the caliber of advocates this year," she said.

In addition, Georgia Law finished the National Appellate Advocacy Competition as quarterfinalists and received the Fourth Best Brief Award in this prestigious tournament. Since 2001, Georgia Law has advanced to the quarterfinal round four times.

Second-year students Leslie B. Horne, Rebecca M. Thornhill and Shunta R. Harmon argued in the national contest organized by the American Bar Association, which had approximately 180 teams vying for top honors. The team was coached by third-year students Cristine L. Patterson and Philip R. Green, while Georgia Law alumna Holly Pierson served as team adviser.

Georgia Law was also represented in the 2007 Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Moot Court Competition, where a team of second-year students Naveen Ramachandrappa, Colby E. Longley and Darren M. Tobin finished as semifinalists. The trio was coached by third-year student Andrew D. "Andy" Stancil.