Texas Tech Law claimed the championship title at the 2017 Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) State Moot Court Competition in Dallas. Tech Law also won the state championship last year making this the second time in the school’s history teams have secured “back to back” victories (the other being 2008 and 2009).
Erin Garza (’17), Brandon King (’17), and Jason Judd (’18) were named champions after facing Baylor Law School in the final round. Erin Garza was named the state’s second-best advocate, and Brandon King’s brief finished third.
This win marks the fifth time Texas Tech Law has taken the championship at the TYLA State Moot Court Competition in the past 10 years—no other school has won more than two in that same period. This win also marks the law school’s 100th state/regional advocacy championship.
The TYLA State Moot Court Competition is held over three days and requires teams to argue in seven preliminary rounds over the first two days. On the last day of competition, the final four teams face off in the semifinal round for a chance to compete in the final round, which is judged by the Texas Supreme Court or the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (depending on whether it is a civil or criminal problem). This year was judged by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Tech Law alumni Brandon Beck (’12), Drew Robertson (’15), and Larry Doss (’99), all helped the team prepare through practice rounds. Congratulations again to Erin, Brandon, and Jason!