2018 Oil & Gas Society Energy Law Negotiation Competition

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November 10, 2018
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2018 Energy Law Negotiations Competiton Champions (L to R): Elizabeth Opara & Katrise Samake

(Houston, Texas) … Congratulations to the 2018 Oil & Gas Society Energy Law Negotiation Competition Champions, Katrise Samake and Elizabeth Opara. The Oil & Gas Society Energy Law Negotiation competition is an internal one, which promotes greater interest among law students in energy law and provides a means for them to practice and improve their negotiation skills. The second-place winners were Vernetra Gavin and Damion Millington, third year law students.

Final Round Competitors: (L to R): Elizabeth Opara, Katrise Samake, Vernetra Gavin, and Damian Millington

The Oil & Gas Society Energy Law Negotiation competition was held this year for the first time as a joint project between the Thurgood Marshall School of Law Oil & Gas Society, a student organization and the Board of Advocates. The Oil & Gas Society’s goal is to bring together TMSL students and the Houston energy law industry through the Energy Law Negotiation competition, networking opportunities, and guest speaker presentations. The highlight of this competition was the oil and gas industry attorneys and TMSL alums who volunteered to judge the rounds. The Oil & Gas Society brought in top
in-house counsel and attorneys from Halliburton, Anadarko, and law firms which focus on energy law. The competition featured a brief networking event following the end of the preliminary rounds in which students enjoyed light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while networking with the judges.

Competitors and Judges

The competition simulates energy industry contract negotiations. The problem consists of a common set of facts known by all participants, however, neither side will know the confidential facts provided to the other side. This year the competition took place on November 7, 2018 and November 8, 2018. The competition featured eight teams in the preliminary rounds and two
teams in the final round. The teams consisted of first, second, and third year students, and the winning team was a first year student and third year student.

Thank you to all the participants, judges and Oil and Gas Law Society.

2018-2019 Helen Dawn Williams 2L/3L Mock Trial Competition

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OCTOBER 21, 2018
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(Houston, Texas) … The Thurgood Marshall School of Law James M. Douglas: Board of Advocates is pleased to announce that Nneka Akubeze and Edward Jointer won the final round of the 2018 Helen Dawn Williams Mock Trial Competition.

(L to R) Rachel Perez, Landon Dickerson, Bjournrae Kemp, Abraham Chopin, Edward Jointer, and Nneka Akubeze

After four days of participating in a competition open to all second- and third-year students, Akubeze and Jointer defeated Bjournrae Kemp and Landon Dickerson. Dickerson and Kemp were on the defense and the Akubeze and Jointer represented the State.

(L to R) Nneka Akubeze, Edward Jointer, Leonidia Glasper, Victor Savoy Burton

The winning team’s witnesses were Leonidia Vidal – Glasper (3L) and Victor Savoy Burton (1L).

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.

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.

Thank you to all the volunteers, judges, and Coordinators Abraham Chopin and Rachel Perez.

 

TMSL Board of Advocates in the Community

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October 22, 2018
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(Houston, Texas) … The Thurgood Marshall School of Law James M. Douglas: Board of Advocates is proud to announce that it has completed two volunteer events this fall semester. BOA paired e with the S.H.A.P.E Community Center to raise school supplies for the local third ward community he community center serves. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOA also volunteered at Houston ZooBoo Event. Members of the BOA were separated into designated stations throughout the zoo. Some of the stations consisted of passing out candy to children, helping children with crafts at the pumpkin patch, assisting children at the mural area, and providing children with spooky stamps.

Members of the BOA were also able to contribute to the zoo’s goal of educating children on the types of candy that are eco-friendly and do not contain palm oil like starbursts, gummy bears, jawbreakers, and skittles. It was a fantastic time and we look forward to our next community service event!