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Strong Finish to Fall 2018 Advocacy Season

November 2018

Texas Tech Law teams advanced to the national phases of two prestigious advocacy tournaments.

In Orange, California, 3L Darrian Matthews, 3L Spencer Young, 2L Conner Haugen, and 2L Sara Jaeckle finished as finalists at the ABA Arbitration Competition. Their win was a little bittersweet in that they had to face Tech Law’s other team of 3L Blake Scott, 3L Will Harrell, 2L Jessica Aycock, and 2L Elizabeth Balido in the semifinal. It was a close round, with Matthews, Young, Haugen, and Jaeckle edging out their classmates 2-1 (with the swing ballot being a 1-point differential). They now move on to nationals in Chicago in late January. The teams were coached by Professors Cassie Christopher, Shery Kime-Goodwin (’94), and Brie Sherwin (’01).

Meanwhile, in Houston, 3Ls Michael Collier, Emily DeYoung, and Stephen Grant finished as regional runners up at the National Moot Court Competition. Collier was named the competition’s Best Advocate. The team now progresses to the national finals in New York, where they’ll face off against the country’s 26 other regional champions and finalists. Thank you to alumnus C.J. Baker (’16) and Houston attorney Denman Heard, as well as Professors Rishi Batra, Bryan Camp, Tracy Pearl, Rick Rosen, Brian Shannon, and John Watts for judging practice rounds.

Congratulations to these amazing students, and good luck at Nationals!

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