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A Formidable End for Advocacy Season

April 2014

Texas Tech Law’s 2013­–2014 advocacy season finished strong this month.

Advocacy - NAAC

[left to right] Jessica Rugeley (’14), Lorna McMillion (’14), and Stephanie Basom (’14).

After winning the law school’s sixth consecutive regional championship at the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Boston last month, Stephanie Basom (’14), Lorna McMillion (’14), and Jessica Rugeley (’14) qualified for the national championship round in Chicago on April 10–12.

The team fell just one ballot short of winning the championship, ultimately losing to Georgetown University Law Center in a 4-3 vote. The razor-thin loss was heartbreaking, with all seven federal district court judges who sat for the final round collectively describing the final vote as “a tossup.” In addition to placing second, the team claimed the third-best brief award.

“I am both proud of our success in competitions this year and grateful for the opportunity to be on a national team,” said Basom. “Moot court has been one of the most educational components of my law school career and has allowed me to form great friendships with my talented teammates, so I think that this experience will certainly have a lasting impact on my future.”

Advocacy - DC Moot Court

[left to right] Daisy Chaparro (’15) and Lauren Welch (’15).

A few weeks before the Chicago competition, Daisy Chaparro (’15) and Lauren Welch (’15) finished third at the 46-team Federal Bar Association Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. Lubbock County Assistant District Attorney Lauren Murphree (’13) coached the team and applauded their hours of preparation.

“It is incredibly rewarding to spend so much time developing their arguments and advocacy skills, and then watch all of their hard work pay off at the competition,” Murphee said. “Our students performed flawlessly on a big stage in Washington, D.C., and had a lot of fun along the way!”

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