UGA School of Law wins second national advocacy competition and sweeps state competition


Tuesday, April 4, 2006

WRITER: Heidi Murphy, 706/542-5172, hmurphy@uga.edu CONTACT: Kellie Casey Monk, 706/542-2739, krcasey@uga.edu; Veronica Richardson, 706/369-1275, veronica_richardson@hotmail.com

UGA School of Law wins second national advocacy competition and sweeps state competition

ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law captured its second national advocacy title this year when it overcame a team from the University of Kentucky to win the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.

Third-year students Tiffany N. Carter and Carl E. Jones Jr. partnered with second-year students Kimberly R. Bourroughs and Jeffrey A. Reeves to win the national contest, organized by the National Black Law Students Association, which had 68 teams from 54 schools vying for the top trophy.

Georgia Law coach and third-year student Veronica L. Richardson said this year's tournament was especially challenging due to the number of teams and competitors. Third-year student C. Brock Brockington also helped coach the team.

Georgia Law has competed in the national tier of this tournament three of the last four years.

On the state level, Georgia Law took home all three of the honors presented at the Intrastate Moot Court Competition. Every year, each law school in the state fields one or two teams from their institution.

Second-year students Tedra C. Hobson and Glenn T. Singleton teamed up with third-year student J. Dean Taylor to overcome teams from Emory, Mercer and Georgia State universities as well as John Marshall Law School, which competed in the tournament for the first time this year.

Also, the trio was presented with the Best Brief Award, and Hobson was named the competition's best oralist. The last time Georgia Law swept this competition was in 2004.

Georgia Law Advocacy Director Kellie Casey Monk said she was extremely pleased with this year's results. "It is always nice to perform well against the other schools in the state. Plus, it is a tremendous honor to take home the top trophy for each category," she said.

A second team, composed of second-year students Lauren D. Bellamy, Lauren L. Mock and Nicholas H. Rohlfing, completed the tournament as semifinalists.

In addition, Georgia Law finished the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, also run by the National Black Law Students Association, as national quarter-finalists. Third-year student Elliott W. Stiles coached third-year student Candice V. Blain and second-year student Jimar A. Sanders in the contest.