2016 Henry Doyle 2L/3L Moot Court Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Henry Doyle 2L/3L Moot Court Competition!

First place was awarded to Dana Nazarova and Smaranda Draghia.  Second place was awarded to Alya Vasquez and Tim Adams.

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Dana Nazarova, Smaranda Draghia, Jana Thompson (Competition Coordinator),
Alya Vasquez, Tim Adams

2016 Neal Speedon 1L Moot Court Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Neal Speedon 1L Moot Court Competition!

First place was awarded to Sondra Haltom.  Second place was awarded to Alex (Uriel) Guajardo.

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SONDRA HALTOM
Class of 2018
First Place

 

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ALEX GUAJARDO
Class of 2018
Second Place

2016 Catherine Haley Shaw 1L Mock Trial Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Catherine Haley Shaw 1L Mock Trial Competition!

First place was awarded to Maurice Rice and Marcus Esther.  Second place was awarded to Brian Ehrenberg and Nisha King.

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From left to right:
Marcus Esther, Maurice Rice, Nisha King, Brian Ehrenberg

2015 Helen Dawn Williams 2L/3L Mock Trial Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Helen Dawn Williams 2L/3L Mock Trial Competition!

First place was awarded to Alexandria Barrera and Anthony Brown.  Second place was awarded to Alya Vasquez and Tim Adams.

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ALEXANDRIA BARRERA
Class of 2016
First Place

 

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ANTHONY BROWN
Class of 2016
First Place

 

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ALYA VASQUEZ
Class of 2017
Second Place

 

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TIM ADAMS
Class of 2017
Second Place

2015 Hermann Marion Sweatt Client Counseling Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Hermann Marion Sweatt Client Counseling Competition!

First place was awarded to Phillip Lewis and Blessing Ananti.  Second place was awarded to Becky Parker and Ola Otulana.

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2015 Prestage Woods Negotiation Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Prestage Woods Negotiation Competition!

First place was awarded to Shakila Miller and Priscilla Tran.  Second place was awarded to Alexandria Barrera and Leah Pinkard.

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PRISCILLA TRAN ♦ SHAKILA MILLER
Class of 2017
First Place

 

 

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ALEXANDRIA BARRERA
Class of 2016
Second Place

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LEAH PINKARD
Class of 2016
Second Place

Mya Johnson & Kevin Christiansen Win the 2015 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 Mya Johnson and Kevin Christiansen won the final round of the 2015 Catherine Halley Shaw 1L Mock Trial Competition.

After five days of participating in a competition open to all first-year students, Mya Johnson and Kevin Christiansen defeated Finalists, Meagen Bradly and Timothy Adams. All four competitors did a tremendous job in the final round.

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The competition involved 16 teams consisting of two advocates, two witnesses, and a team time keeper as well as the effort and dedication that Thurgood Marshall School of Law Advocates have been known for.

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Kevin Christiansen , is a 1L in Section One from Houston, Texas, who completed his bachelor of arts degree at Brigham Young University with a major in Psychology. Mya Johnson is a 1L in Section One from Houston, Texas, who completed her bachelor of business administration at Sam Houston State University with a major in Economics.

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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.

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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Cynthia Castañon and Timothy Adams Win the 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 Timothy Adams and Cynthia Castañon won the final round of the 2014 Heman Marion Sweatt Client Counseling Competition.

After an arduous three days of participating in an multi-team competition, Timothy Adams and Cynthia Castañon defeated Marcella Hagger and Sandra Smith. The Champion will advance to the ABA Regional Client Counseling Competition.

Heman Marion SweattHeman 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.

photoCynthia Casteñon is a 1L of Section 4, from Houston, Texas. She completed her bachelor of arts in Sociology degree at the University of Houston-Downtown in Houston, Texas.  Timothy Adams, a Section 4 student, is a 1L from Jackson, Mississippi, who completed his bachelor of arts degree at the University of Southern Mississippi with a major in criminal justice.

photo 2Marcella Hagger and Sandra Smith are both 1L students from Section 4. Their combined scores allowed them to make it to the finals of the competition. They had an excellent run and have a promising start to their law school career and advocacy skills.

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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TMSL Board of Advocates in the Community

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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 volunteered with the Houston Food Bank and Barrio Dogs, Inc. 

According to Barrio Dogs, Inc.’s website, “Barrio Dogs is a non-profit, animal welfare organization based in Houston, Texas. We focus on community education as the most effective tool to end the intractable problem of stray and abused animals in Houston, currently estimated to number as high as 1.2 million.”OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Although Barrio Dogs, Inc. is not a rescue organization, they do serve as an awareness organization for the community. Members from the TMSL Board of Advocates had the opportunity to help educate students about the problems plaguing Houston’s streets. Many dogs are allowed to roam the dangerous streets, often injured and hungry. They state, “Realizing that often the will is present to help but the resources are absent, Barrio Dogs raises funds to provide assistance to pet owners. From 2010-2012 we fixed and vetted approximately 400 animals belonging to low-income residents free of charge.” This helps control the pet population and decreases the number of dogs that roam the streets. 

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Barrio Dogs, Inc. arrived at TMSL with some furry companions at a great time, Midterms Week. As many students were preparing to take tests, many for the first time in their law school career, two very sweet dogs helped ease their minds. Several students took a moment to put aside the books and receive some much needed affection from a four-legged companion.

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Barrio Dogs, Inc. reminds us that, “Encouraging someone to pick up the telephone and call the authorities when he or she sees an abused or neglected animal can transform the lives of animals.” For more information on Barrio Dogs, Inc., they can be found online at www.barriodogs.org and on facebook at www.facebook.com/barriodogs. 

Earlier this semester TMSL Board of Advocates also volunteered at the Houston Food Bank.

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The Houston Food Bank’s website says that, “The food bank collects and distributes food to hunger relief charities. Food usually comes from various sources in the food industry, like grocery stores and wholesalers, that have thousands of pounds of food to give away – food that could otherwise be thrown away.”

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Volunteers assisted the Houston Food Bank by sorting, packing, and preparing boxes that would be distributed to recipients of the food bank. Recipients include several agencies that are in charge of feeding and assisting individuals. Houston Food Bank helps in feeding 800,000 people in the area. For more information on volunteering or donating to the Houston Food Bank, please visit www.houstonfoodbank.org.

TMSL Board of Advocates will take part in more volunteer events as the school year progresses, so keep on the lookout for more information regarding these very important events.

 

Alyson Martinez and Rebecca Hire win the 2014 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 Alyson Martinez and Rebecca Hire have won the final round of the 2014 Prestage Woods Negotiation Competition (pictured above: Alyson Martinez, left and Rebecca Hire, right).

After an arduous three days of participating in a sixteen-team competition, Alyson Martinez and Rebecca Hire defeated Nekketta Archie and JaNeen-Marie Frank. Alyson and Rebecca will advance to the 2014 ABA Regional Negotiation Competition being held at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman, Oklahoma, November 1-2.

The Board of Advocates named the competition in honor of Lois Lee Prestage Woods (1923-2007), the first female law graduate of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1951.

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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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Nekketta Archie (pictured above, right) is a 1L in Section Three from Houston, Texas, who completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Grambling State University. JaNeen-Marie Frank (pictured above, left) is a 1L in Section Three from Dallas, Texas, who completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Arkansas with a major in Criminal Justice. As 1Ls, Nekketta and JaNeen-Marie, were able to make it to the final round of this competition, a promising start to their law school career. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Alyson Martinez, a former Section Two student, is a 3L from Laredo, Texas, who completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the Texas A&M International University with a major in Communications. Rebecca Hire is a 2L, formerly in Section Two, from Friendswood, Texas, who completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Houston with a major in Criminal Justice.

Alyson and Rebecca had the unique opportunity to participate in the Academy of the Advocate with Baylor Law School this summer. They were part of a group of students from across the country who learned trial skills in St. Andrews, Scotland. It was during their time in Scotland where the rising 2L and rising 3L were able to develop a friendship and sharpen their advocacy skills, all while proudly representing Thurgood Marshall School of Law at the prestigious academy. 10360340_10202270956525826_2765721540374577356_n

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