Dominique Calhoun wins the 2014 Neal Speedon 1L Moot Court Competition

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(Houston, Texas) … The Thurgood Marshall School of Law James M. Douglas: Board of Advocates is pleased to announce that Dominique Calhoun won the final round of the 2014 Neal Speedon 1L Moot Court Competition.

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After three days of competition open to all first-year students, that included two preliminary rounds, quarterfinals, and semifinals, Dominique Calhoun prevailed in a 2-1 split decision in the final round over Kristin Robinson. Sophie Stark, the Petitioner, represented by Kristin Robinson, challenged the 15th District Court of Appeal’s decision to affirm the trial court’s judgment dismissing her claims of tortious interference, civil conspiracy, and defamation. Jennifer Joffrey and Lindsay Lannister, represented by Dominique Calhoun, as Respondents, were able to show that the Texas Citizen’s Participation Act applied thereby dismissing Petitioner’s claims and awarding attorney’s fees and sanctions.

This is the second year that the competition has adopted the current Texas Young Lawyers’ Association (TYLA) problem to train and select team members for Thurgood Marshall School of Law’s (TMSL) three-member TYLA team. The TYLA problem was released in February 2014 and the TYLA competition will take place in Austin on June 24-26, 2014 in conjunction with the annual State Bar of Texas annual meeting. The TYLA problem is open to only Texas law schools and alternates between a criminal or civil Texas matter on odd or even years, respectively, and the final TYLA round is judged by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals or Texas Supreme Court, respectively. One of the main purposes of the TYLA competition is to promote academic learning on a current and challenging Texas legal issue. As such, the problem is “open” and any lawyer, professor, or other person may assist the students in preparing for the competition. TYLA encourages each Texas law school to hold an on-campus competition with the TYLA problem.

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Dominique Calhoun is a 1L in Section Three from Cleburne, Texas, who completed his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Kristin Robinson is a 1L in Section Four from Houston, Texas, who completed her Bachelor of Science degree in political science at University of Houston – Downtown. We would also like to congratulate the two other semifinalists: Derek Loetzerich and Cedric Pitts, the four other quarterfinalists: Roberto Quijano, Paola Tostado, Elpatrick Russo, and Belashia Wallace. We would like to thank the other participants in the Neal Speedon Competition for their hard work and fantastic performance: Jose Rodriguez, Zarinah Cogbill, Crystal Ibe, Terrance Jewett, Thomas Limon, Victoria Mendoza, Chinyerum Okpara, and Cyril-Westcott Omwirhiren.

The final round was adjudicated by Justices Evelyn V. Keyes, Murry B. Cohen, and Wanda M. Fowler. Justice Evelyn V. Keyes was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in May 2002. She was elected in November 2002 to the remainder of her predecessor’s term and re-elected to six-year terms in 2004 and 2010. Justice Evelyn V. Keyes was appointed to the First Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Perry in May 2002. She was elected in November 2002 to the remainder of her predecessor’s term and re-elected to six-year terms in 2004 and 2010. Justice Murry B. Cohen leads Akin Gump’s Texas appellate practice. Justice Cohen served for more than nineteen years on the First Court of Appeals. Justice Wanda Fowler served on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals for nearly 14 years before joining Wright, Brown & Close, LLP as a partner.

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Special thanks go to the tournament directors coordinators Anthony Hynes and Carolyn Ng as well as all the preliminary, quarterfinal, and semifinal judges: Professors Faith Jackson, Edith Wu, Craig Jackson, Fernando Colon, Marguerite Butler, and Stephanie Ledesma; as well as the following attorney judges: Brendon Singh, Susan Tran, Audrey Chang, Eddrea McKnight, Phil Larmond, Jamie Larmond, Vinh Ho, Ashea Jones, Carlton Brown, Ben Gray, Carl Quezada, Kimberly Evans, Ike Okarafor, and Geric Tipsword.

Mikahela “Neal” Speedon (1952-1986), a law student, was diagnosed with cancer as a 1L and succumbed to the illness during his 2L year.

The Board of Advocates is a student organization formed to promote the practice of effective trial and appellate advocacy by sponsoring all mock trials, moot courts, and other dispute-resolution competitions at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

For more information about the Board of Advocates, please visit our website or connect with us on Facebook to learn more about upcoming events.

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Alexandria Barrera and Jayne Hoffeld win the 2014 Catherine Halley Shaw 1L Mock Trial Competition

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(Houston, Texas) … The Thurgood Marshall School of Law James M. Douglas: Board of Advocates is pleased to announce that Alexandria Barrera and Jayne Hoffeld won the final round of the 2014 Catherine Halley Shaw 1L Mock Trial Competition.

After four days of participating in a competition open to all first-year students, Alexandria Barrera and Jayne Hoffeld defeated Roberto Quijano and Jose Rodriguez. The State, represented by Quijano and Rodriguez, charged John Green with first degree murder. John Green, represented by Barrera and Hoffeld, were able to show the jury that the State failed to meet their burden.

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Presiding Judge, Valerie Jewett, was joined by Quinnon Brooker, Phillip Larmond, and Leticia Quiones as scoring judges.

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Alexandria Barrera, is a 1L in Section Three from Roma, Texas, who completed her bachelor of science at Texas State University – San Marcos with a major in applied arts with an emphasis in criminal justice. Jayne Hoffeld is a 1L in Section three from Alvin, Texas, who completed her bachelor of business administration at Houston Baptist University with a double major in business administration and business management.

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Roberto Quijano, is a 1L in Section Four from San Salvador, El Salvador, who completed his bachelor of arts degree at the University of Houston with a major in political science. Jose Rodriguez, is a 1L in Section Four from Monterrey, Mexico, who completed his bachelor of arts degree at the University of Texas at Austin with a major in government.

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The winning team’s witnesses were Daniel DeLuna (1L-§3) and Conrad John (1L-§3). Witnesses for Quijano and Rodriguez were Belsis Romero (1L-§4) and Paola Tostado (1L-§4).

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Catherine Halley Shaw (1984-2011), law student, was killed in a tragic hit-and-run motor vehicle accident during her 2L year at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. The annual competition is named in her honor.

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Joe Kelly and Andrew Wilkerson win the 2013 Helen Dawn Williams Mock Trial Competition

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(Houston, Texas) … The Thurgood Marshall School of Law James M. Douglas: Board of Advocates is pleased to announce that Joe Kelly and Andrew Wilkerson won the final round of the 2013 Helen Dawn Williams Mock Trial Competition.

After four days of participating in a competition open to all second- and third-year students, Joe Kelly and Andrew Wilkerson defeated Miguel Castillo and Ahad Khan. Chris Archer, represented by Castillo and Khan, was charged with first degree murder and criminal hazing. The State, represented by Kelly and Wilkerson, was able to meet their burden of proof for a conviction.

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Presiding Judge, Sean Villery-Samuel, was joined by Donale Evans and Julie Rosemary Brock-Clure as scoring judges.

Sean Villery-Samuel sits as the director of The Samuel Law Firm, PC in Beaumont, Texas. Villery-Samuel completed his juris doctor degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Evans completed his bachelor of arts with a major in finance from Prairie View A&M University. He completed his juris doctor degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Brock-Clure completed her juris doctor degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Joe Kelly, former Section Two student, is a 3L from Houston, Texas, who completed his bachelor of arts degree at the Texas Southern University with a major in business administration. Andrew Wilkerson, former Section Three student, is a 3L from Dallas, Texas, who completed his bachelor of arts degree at Prarie View A&M University with a major in criminal justice.

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Miguel Castillo, former Section Four student, is a 3L from Corpus Christi, Texas, who completed his bachelor of arts degree at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi with a major in business. Ahad Khan, former Section Four student, is a 3L from Charlotte, North Carolina, who completed his bachelor of arts degree at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina with a major in history.

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The winning team’s witnesses were Dayo Ayeni (3L) and Bianca Duenas (2L). Witnesses for Castillo and Khan were Javier Guzman (3L) and Sung Kim (3L).

In addition, the winning team’s name will be placed on the newly donated Galow-Sullivan Cup. The Galow-Sullivan Cup was generously donated on behalf of the Class of 2013 by alumni and 2012 Champions John Paul Cedillo and David Ortez. The Cup is named in honor of Jerry Galow and Ed & Stephanie Sullivan who serve as founders, coaches and mentors of the Thurgood Mock Trial Advocacy Program. The new silver cup stands two feet high and sits on a beautifully hand-carved walnut base. Every past champion in the history of this prestigious tournament is honored with an engraved plaque located on the trophy’s base.

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Ed Sullivan is an attorney and graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. He is one of the founding partners of Oberti Sullivan, a law firm that specializes in labor and employment law in Houston, Texas. He currently serves as the Head Mock Trial Coach of the Mock Trial Advocacy Program.

Stephanie Sullivan is an attorney and graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. She currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where she coaches with her husband Ed.

John Paul Cedillo is an attorney and graduate of the Class of 2013 who currently lives and practices law in Dallas, Texas. David Ortez is an attorney and graduate of the Class of 2013 who currently lives in Houston, Texas where he is pursuing an LL.M. degree in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law at the University of Houston Law Center. Cedillo and Ortez hold an impressive 9 and 1 winning record as mock trial partners during their law school career.

Helen Dawn Williams (1968-1993), a young, aspiring law student, died during her 3L year at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. The annual competition was named, by her classmates, in her honor.

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The Galow-Sullivan Cup Unveiling

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(Houston, Texas) … The Thurgood Marshall School of Law James M. Douglas: Board of Advocates is pleased to announce the unveiling of “The Galow-Sullivan Cup” that will be awarded to the Champions of the Helen Dawn Williams Mock Trial Tournament.

The Helen Dawn Williams Mock Trial Tournament is open to all second- and third-year students at the law school. It pits advocates, paired in teams of two, against each other in an arduous, four-day single-elimination competition judged by practicing attorneys. Past judges of the competition have included such distinguished luminaries as the Honorable District Judge Alia Moses, of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.

John Paul Cedillo states, “It’s only fair that the Final Round trophy will be named in honor of Jerry Galow, Ed and Stephanie Sullivan. The competitive spirit, which drives the mock trial program, can be traced directly to the will-to-win these coaches instill in each of their students. There is no overstating the dedication, hard work and mentorship provided by Jerry, Ed and Stephanie to the art of trial advocacy at Thurgood. The program that Jerry began, that Ed and Stephanie expanded, and that all three continue to improve each year has helped new attorneys, such as Mr. Ortez, myself and countless others, enhance our trial skills and further the reputation of the law school.” David Ortez adds, “We encourage alumni to give back to the law school and the programs which have aided in their success.”

The Galow-Sullivan Cup was generously donated on behalf of the Class of 2013 by alumni and 2012 Champions John Paul Cedillo and David Ortez. The Cup is named in honor of Jerry Galow and Ed & Stephanie Sullivan who serve as founders, coaches and mentors of the Thurgood Mock Trial Advocacy Program. The new silver cup stands two feet high and sits on a beautifully hand-carved walnut base. Every past champion in the history of this prestigious tournament will be honored with an engraved plaque located on the trophy’s base. The Cup will be unveiled in a short ceremony during the Final Round of the competition before being awarded to the 2013 champions. All faculty, alumni and friends are encouraged and invited to attend.

Who: Thurgood Marshall School of Law Board of Advocates, Jerry Galow, Ed & Stephanie Sullivan, John Paul Cedillo, and David Ortez
What: The Galow-Sullivan Cup Unveiling
Where: Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Moot Court Room
When: Friday, November 15, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM

Jerry Galow is an attorney and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He is one of the founding partners of Galow & Smith, a personal injury and business litigation law firm located in Austin, Texas. He currently serves as Director of the Mock Trial Advocacy Program.

Ed Sullivan is an attorney and graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. He is one of the founding partners of Oberti Sullivan, a law firm that specializes in labor and employment law in Houston, Texas. He currently serves as the Head Mock Trial Coach of the Mock Trial Advocacy Program.

Stephanie Sullivan is an attorney and graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. She currently serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where she coaches with her husband Ed.

John Paul Cedillo is an attorney and graduate of the Class of 2013 who currently lives and practices law in Dallas, Texas. David Ortez is an attorney and graduate of the Class of 2013 who currently lives in Houston, Texas where he is pursuing an LL.M. degree in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law at the University of Houston Law Center. Cedillo and Ortez hold an impressive 9 and 1 winning record as partners during their law school career.

Helen Dawn Williams (1968-1993), a young, aspiring law student, died during her 3L year at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. The annual competition was named, by her classmates, in her honor.

For more information about the Board of Advocates, please visit our website or connect with us on Facebook to learn more about upcoming events.

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Jana Mims and Phile’sha Torrence win the 2013 Heman Marion Sweatt Client Counseling Competition

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(Houston, Texas) … The Thurgood Marshall School of Law James M. Douglas: Board of Advocates is pleased to announce that Jana P. Mims and Phile’sha Torrence won the final round of the 2013 Heman Marion Sweatt Client Counseling Competition.

After an arduous four days of participating in an eleven-team competition, Jana P. Mims and Phile’sha Torrence defeated Gavin Ellis and Vanessa Ramirez. The Champion will advance to the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition.

Heman Marion Sweatt (1912-1982), civil-rights plaintiff in Sweatt v. Painter, was born in Houston, Texas, and was denied admission to the University of Texas School of Law on the grounds that the Texas State Constitution prohibited integrated education.

The Board of Advocates is a student organization formed to promote the practice of effective trial and appellate advocacy by sponsoring all mock trials, moot courts, and other dispute-resolution competitions at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

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Jana P. Mims, former Section Three student, is a 3L from Dallas, Texas, who completed her bachelor of business administration degree at the University of Houston-Downtown in Houston, Texas with a major in finance.  Phile’sha Torrence, former Section One student, is a 2L from Daytona Beach, Florida, who completed her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida with a major in criminal justice.

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Gavin Ellis, a former Section Two student, is a 2L from Victoria, Texas, who completed his bachelor of arts degree at Concordia University in Austin, Texas with a major in biology. Vanessa Ramirez, a former Section Two student, is a 2L from Houston, Texas, who completed her bachelor of arts degree at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas with a major in criminal justice and sociology.

For more information about the Board of Advocates, please visit our website or connect with us on Facebook to learn more about upcoming events.

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Theressa Ford-Bradley and Chris Mendez win the 2013 Prestage Woods Negotiation Competition

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(Houston, Texas) … The Thurgood Marshall School of Law James M. Douglas: Board of Advocates is pleased to announce that Theressa Ford-Bradley and Chris Mendez won the final round of the 2013 Prestage Woods Negotiation Competition.

After an arduous four days of participating in a sixteen-team competition, Theressa Ford-Bradley and Chris Mendez defeated Ruben Ramirez and Belashia Wallace. The winning team will advance to the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition.

Lois Lee Prestage Woods (1923-2007), educator and lawyer, was born in Woodville, Texas, and was the first female law graduate of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law (formerly known as Texas State Negro University) in 1951.

The Board of Advocates  is a student organization formed to promote the practice of effective trial and appellate advocacy by sponsoring all mock trials, moot courts, and other dispute-resolution competitions at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

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Ruben Ramirez is a 1L in Section One from McAllen, Texas, who completed his bachelor of business administration degree at the University of Texas at Pan American in international business. Belashia Wallace is a 1L in Section One from Missouri City, Texas, who completed her bachelor of arts degree at Lamar University with a major in journalism.

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Theressa Ford-Bradley, former Section Four student, is a 3L from Memphis, Tennessee, who completed her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Houston-Downtown with a major in Communications. Chris Mendez is a 1L in Section Four from Austin, Texas, who completed his bachelor of arts degree at the University of Texas at San Antonio with a major in political science.

For more information about the Board of Advocates, please visit our website or connect with us on Facebook to learn more about upcoming events.

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Info: BOA Calendar

James M. Douglas Board of Advocates

2013-2014

Competition and General Body Meeting Schedule

PLEASE MARK THE FOLLOWING DATES IN YOUR CALENDARS:

 

Fall 2013

August 21, 2013 at 5pm – BOA members meeting with Dean Douglas (All 3Ls that are registered for the BOA class are required to attend) Moot Court room.

 

August 27, 2013 at 12pm – BOA Interest Meeting for the Student Body (room 202).

 

September 3, 2013 at 5pm* – Mandatory Interest Meeting Prestage Woods Negotiations competition (room 202).

 

September 16 – 19, 2013 at 6pm – Prestage Woods Negotiations competition (rooms TBA).

 

September 25, 2013 at 5pm – BOA General Body Member Meeting (Moot Court room).

 

October 14, 2013 at 5pm* – Mandatory Interest Meeting Heman Marion Sweatt Client Counseling competition (Moot Court room).

 

October 21 – 25, 2013 at 6pm – Heman Marion Sweatt Client Counseling competition (rooms TBA).

 

October 30, 2013 at 5pm* – BOA General Body Member Meeting (Moot Court room).

 

November 4, 2013 at 5pm* – Mandatory Interest Meeting Helen Dawn Williams 2L/3L Mock Trial competition (room 202).

 

November 11 – 15, 2013 at 6pm – Helen Dawn Williams 2L/3L Mock Trial competition (rooms TBA).

 

November 20, 2013 at 5pm – BOA General Member Body Meeting (Moot Court room).

 

Spring 2014

Competitions coming this Spring:

 

Catherine Haley Shaw 1L Mock Trial competition

 

Neal Speedon 1L Moot Court competition

 

Henry Doyle 2L/3L Moot Court competition

 

*Times & or Dates are subject to change – Notice will be given as soon as possible

 

Donell Samuels and Stanley Tate win the 2013 Henry Doyle 2L/3L Moot Court Competition

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(Houston, Texas) … The Thurgood Marshall School of Law James M. Douglas: Board of Advocates is pleased to announce that Donell Samuels and Stanley Tate won the final round of the 2013 Henry Doyle Moot Court Competition.

After three days of participating in a competition open to all second and third-year students, Donell Samuels and Stanley Tate defeated Sean Darvishi and Raneca Henson. The State, represented by Samuels and Tate, successfully challenged the Court of Appeal’s decision to reverse the trial court’s judgment and remand the matter for a new trial by showing that the Defendant, Rodney Dantwon Brown, was assisted by counsel’s effective assistance and that the Defendant voluntarily, knowingly, and intentionally waived his constitutional rights. The Defendant, represented by Darvishi and Henson, failed to show that the Defendant’s constitutional rights were violated.

Henry E. Doyle (1910-1985), Associate Justice, was born in Austin, Texas, and was the first law graduate of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law (formerly known as Texas State Negro University) in 1950 and was the first African-American appellate judge to serve on the First Court of Appeals of Texas in 1978.

The Board of Advocates  is a student organization formed to promote the practice of effective trial and appellate advocacy by sponsoring all mock trials, moot courts, and other dispute-resolution competitions at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

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Donell Samuels, former Section Two student, is a 3L from Jamaica, who completed her bachelor of science degree at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a major in nursing. Stanley Tate, is a 3L from Chicago, Illinois, who completed his bachelor of science degree at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Carbondale, Illinois with a major in management.

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Sean Darvishi, former Section Three student, is a 2L from Columbus, Ohio, who completed his bachelor of science degree at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, with a major in multidisciplinary studies. Raneca Henson is a 2L from Dallas, Texas, who completed her bachelor of science degree at Texas A&M University with a major in Sociology.

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Jimmy Olivas wins the 2013 Neal Speedon 1L Moot Court Competition

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(Houston, Texas) … The Thurgood Marshall School of Law James M. Douglas: Board of Advocates is pleased to announce that Jimmy Olivas won the final round of the 2013 Neal Speedon 1L Moot Court Competition.

After four days of participating in a competition open to all first-year students, Jimmy Olivas defeated Enriqueta Perez. The State, represented by Enriqueta Perez, challenged the Court of Appeal’s decision to reverse the trial court’s judgment and remand the matter for a new trial. Rodney Dantwon Brown, represented by Jimmy Olivas, was able to show that the Defendant’s constitutional rights were violated as a result of counsel’s ineffective assistance and that the Defendant did not voluntarily, knowingly, and intentionally waive his constitutional rights.

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Mikahela “Neal” Speedon (1952-1986), law student, was diagnosed with cancer as a 1L and succumbed to the illness during his 2L year.

The Board of Advocates is a student organization formed to promote the practice of effective trial and appellate advocacy by sponsoring all mock trials, moot courts, and other dispute-resolution competitions at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Jimmy Olivas, is a 1L in Section Four from Odessa, Texas, who completed his bachelor of arts degree at the University of Texas at Dallas in Dallas, Texas, with a major in political Science. Enriqueta Perez is a 1L in Section Two from San Antonio, Texas, who completed her bachelor of arts degree at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, with a double-major in political science and english.

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Sahrish Khan and Kendrick Lewis win the 2013 Catherine Halley Shaw 1L Mock Trial Competition

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(Houston, Texas) … The Thurgood Marshall School of Law James M. Douglas: Board of Advocates is pleased to announce that Sahrish Khan and Kendrick Lewis won the final round of the 2013 Catherine Halley Shaw 1L Mock Trial Competition.

After four days of participating in a competition open to all first-year students, Sahrish Khan and Kendrick Lewis defeated Kaylie Tucker and Breanne Vannest. The State, represented by Tucker and Vannest, charged Dominque Stevens with first degree murder. Dominique Stevens, represented by Khan and Lewis, were able to show the jury that the State failed to meet their burden.

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Presiding Judge, Alyssa White, was joined by Julie Brock, Montina Carter, and Meahgan Dickerson as scoring judges.

Sahrish Khan, is a 1L in Section One from Karachi, Pakistan, who completed her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in political Science and economics with a senior thesis. Kendrack Lewis is a 1L in Section One from Houston, Texas, who completed his bachelor of arts degree at Texas Southern University with a major in political science.

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Kaylie Tucker, is a 1L in Section One from Marengo, Iowa, who completed her bachelor of arts degree at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri with a major in communication. Breanne Vannest, is a 1L in Section One from Riverside, California, who completed her bachelor of arts degree at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, California with a major in psychology.

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The winning team’s witnesses were Samantha Nguyen (1L-§1) and Ebonie Rocio (1L-§1). Witnesses for Tucker and Vannest were Gabriel “Gabby” Clarks (1L-§) and Alexandria Salas (1L-§1).

Catherine Halley Shaw (1984-2011), law student, was killed in a tragic hit-and-run motor vehicle accident during her 2L year at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. The annual competition is named in her honor.

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