South Texas College of Law students -- third-year Avi Moshenberg and second-year Christopher Jordan -- took first place Feb. 17 at the Annual National First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Nashville, Tenn. The competition was held at the Frist Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and co-sponsored by the center and Vanderbilt University Law School.
Moshenberg and Jordan say they were attracted to South Texas because of the school’s advocacy reputation. Becoming involved with the Houston law school’s advocacy program is “the best choice I’ve made in law school,” Moshenberg says. “They really teach you how to be a good advocate and how to represent the client and how to make the most effective argument.” Moshenberg is an intern with Berg & Androphy in Houston and plans to work in civil litigation after he graduates in May.
Jordan will graduate in May 2013 and will be a 2012 summer associate in the Houston office of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr. He says that the advocacy program’s training and competition have improved his writing, public speaking and networking skills. “I think it is helping me to become a lawyer while I’m in law school,” Jordan says.
The team was coached by the law school’s associate dean, T. Gerald Treece, and lecturer Robert Galloway and Houston attorneys Stephanie Holcombe, an associate with Porter Hedges and Stephanie Massey, an associate with Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons.
In another competition, three third-year students from Texas Tech University School of Law In Lubbock -- Brandon Beck, Allie Hallmark and Elizabeth Hill -- successfully defended the school’s top ranking at the National Moot Court Competition in New York City on Feb. 2. The competition was co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the New York Bar Association and was held at the House of the NYC Bar Association.
The team, which was coached by Robert Sherwin, director of the law school’s advocacy programs, also won best brief recognition, and Hallmark was named the competition’s second-best advocate. In 2011, Texas Tech law students Alexis Butler, Daniel Durell and Jason Jordan won the competition, and Butler was named best oral advocate.
On Jan. 29, four Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law students won the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition held at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center in Miami. Littler Mendelson associate Edward Berbarie of Dallas coached the winning team of third-year student Joshua Sandoval and fourth-year evening students Amber Beatty, Laura Cox, and Tennille Johnson.
-- Jeanne Graham