Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition
Congratulations to the spring Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition mock trial team for being semi-finalists! Charles Entsminger, Nicole Feragen, Ty Harding, Lauren Pfieffer, and Megan Scott competed in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 13 -14. The problem centered around a love triangle between San Juan police officers that ended in murder and the body being hacked to pieces and then burned. There were also bribes and a Cartel influence. Criminal defense attorney Stephanie Gonzales was all too eager to coach the spring PRTAC team. She even managed to get Megan Scott to cry on the witness stand. Charles Entsminger, Nicole Feragen, and Ty Harding all received a 10 or above (perfect score) in at least one of the ballot categories. Congratulations also goes to Ty Harding, who was recognized at the awards banquet for Top Three Advocate in Cross-Examination and Top Four Witness. A special shout-out also goes to the team's MVP, Lauren Pfieffer, because of her willingness to help Steph and her teammates out wherever necessary. Please join the BOA in congratulating the spring PRTAC on all their success!
(from left to right: Lauren Pfieffer, Nicole Feragen, Charles Entsminger, Megan Scott, and Ty Harding)
(from left to right: Lauren Pfieffer, Ty Harding, Coach Stephanie Gonzales, Nicole Feragen, Megan Scott, and Charles Entsminger)
Saul Lefkowitz National Competition
On March 17th, advocates Makenzie Craft, Kyle Mason, and Elizabeth Tillman competed in the Saul Lefkowitz National Competition at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. After taking second place in the regional on February 10th they were one of only twelve teams nationwide to progress to the National competition. The Team is coached by Charles North and Sarah-Michelle Stearns. Please join the BOA in congratulating these advocates on their hard work and success!
(from left to right: Coach Charles North, Kyle Mason, Elizabeth Tillman, Makenzie Craft, and Coach Sarah-Michelle Stearns)
Wagner Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition
On March 9th to the 10th, advocates Blake Mattingly, Alen Samuel, and Marissa Boulanger represented SMU at the Wagner Labor and Employment Law Competition in New York City. Out of the 37 teams competing, SMU advanced to quarterfinals. This team was coached by Mey Ortiz and Emily Liu. Please join the BOA in congratulating the team for their hard work and great showing!
(left to right: Blake Mattingly, Alen Samuel, and Marissa Boulanger)
National Environmental MootCourt Competition
From February 23-24th, advocates Shannon Glen, Meghan Moore, and Yliana Trevino-Hawkins competed at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University for the National Environmental Moot Court Competition (NELMCC). The team was coached by Professor Jeff Gaba. Advocates argued on behalf of a conservation group, the EPA, and a coal-fired steam-electric generating power plant. The problem focused on permitting under the Clean Water Act and the definitional issues behind what constitutes a “Water of the United States.” The team represented SMU well advancing to the quarterfinals! Please join the BOA in congratulating these advocates on their hard work and success!
(from left to right: Meghan Moore, Yliana Trevino-Hawkins, and Shannon Glen)
ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
The ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition team competed in their regional competition in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, February 22 through Saturday, February 24. SMU sent two teams to the regional competition: the team of Charles Carter, Rebecca Neumann, and Justin Shelton; and the team of Dallas Flick, Adrian Galvan, and Kristina Smith. This year’s competition problem involved an ADA claim against a municipality for failure to accommodate police activities for individuals with disabilities. The team of Dallas Flick, Adrian Galvan, and Kristina Smith advanced to the regional semifinal round, narrowly missed advancing to quarterfinals, and brought home the Best Brief award. The teams were coached by Lance Caughfield and Haleigh Jones. Please join the BOA is congratulating these advocates on their hard work and success!
(Left to right: Adrian Galvan, Rebecca Neumann, Charles Carter, Justin Shelton,
Lance Coughfield, Haleigh Jones, Kristina Smith, Dallas Flick)
National Trial Advocacy Competition Team
The National Trial Advocacy Competition Team consisting of Gracen Daniel, Michael Fechner, Mathew Niegos, Rachel Bokmeyer and Erin Brewer competed in Michigan. Coached by Chris Klement and Harrison Oldham, the team’s problem was a civil matter in which an African-American man was pulled over by two police officers and sued for a violation of his 4th and 14th amendment rights. With Niegos, Daniel, and Brewer representing the Plaintiff, and Bokmeyer and Fechner for the Defense, they ended the weekend as 4th place semifinalists. Please join the BOA in Congratulating these advocates on their hard work and success!
San Diego Defense Lawyers Mock Trial
The San Diego Defense Lawyers Mock Trial team competed in San Diego, California. Advocates Austin Hamby, David Watson, Katie Davis, Keelin Granahan, and Meagan McNeil represented two neighboring farms, in a civil lawsuit after a fire broke out resulting in damages to the property and person. Mr. Watson and Ms. Granahan represented David Maretti, the plaintiff in this case, who received third-degree burns and property loss, while Ms. Davis and Ms. McNeil represented the defendant Sanchez Chicken Farms. These advocates won their second trial and were one point away from advancing! This team was coached by Ali Fritsche, Ian Ross Phillips, and Daryoush Behbood. Please join the BOA in congratulating these advocates on their hard work and success!
(From left to right: Austin Hamby, David Watson, Katie Davis, Meagan McNiel,
Keelin Granahan, and Coach Ali Fritsche)
ABA Labor & Employment Mock Trial
The ABA Labor & Employment Mock Trial teams competed at the Dallas Regional. The teams are coached by Nicholas Palmer and Nichole Plagens. Both SMU teams advanced to semifinals where they competed head to head. The victorious team then advanced to finals and won the Dallas Regional! The team that won the Regional will advance to Nationals in New Orleans in January.
The team that advanced to semifinals included Jeremy Wallace, Jamie Lee Denton, Alyse Cicio, and Caio Formenti. The championship team included Sarah Grace French, Kori Rady, Stacy Reeves, and Kyle Argenbright. Please join the BOA in congratulating these advocates on their hard work and success! Good luck to advocates Sarah Grace French, Kori Rady, Stacy Reeves, and Kyle Argenbright as they move on to Nationals in January!
National Criminal Procedure Moot Court
The National Criminal Procedure Moot Court teams competed at the national competition hosted by the University of San Diego Law School in San Diego, California. The teams were coached by Hunter Oliver, Sam Bragg, and Mia Falzarano. Two teams represented SMU Dedman School of Law: Kristina Smith and Tyler Sommers and Dallas Flick and Emma Persson.
Both teams advanced to the Round of 16 at the competition, and the team of Dallas Flick and Emma Persson advanced to the Round of 8. Dallas Flick and Emma Persson also won the award for First Place Respondent Brief. Please join the BOA in congratulating these advocates for all of their hard work and success!
(Left to right: Coach Sam Bragg, Kristina Smith, Tyler Sommers, Coach Hunter Oliver,
Emma Persson, and Dallas Flick)
Voir Dire Competition
Thank you to all of our competitors who came out for the Voir Dire competition this past weekend. This years problem focused on a plaintiff who was suing the company Orange for negligence because her MePhone was hacked and personal information was released. Each competitor had to prepare to conduct a voir dire for both the plaintiff and defense side. Please join the BOA in congratulating our champions!
Champion: Gracen Daniel
Runner-Up: Alexis Swanzy
Mack Kidd Administrative Law Moot Court
Justin Shelton, Maddie Bailey, Caroline Melo, Brooke Adams, Faith Castillo, and Sean Crider represented SMU at the Mack Kidd Administrative Law Moot Court Competition in Austin on October 26-29. SMU performed well at the competition, with Maddie and Justin advancing to the semifinals of the competition, and Caroline, Brooke, Faith, and Sean all advancing to the quarterfinals. Faith and Sean were undefeated after four preliminary rounds on the first day of competition.
In addition to the round advancements, SMU also won two individual and team awards. Justin Shelton won the 2nd Best Oralist at the competition. Sean and Faith won 2nd Best Brief at the competition. The team was coached by Hunter Oliver (Baylor Law '13), Luke Calhoun (Texas Tech Law '14), Katherine Calhoun (Texas Tech Law '15), and Ryan Jones (SMU Law '16). Hunter, Ryan, and Katherine are associates at the Dallas office of Bowman and Brooke, where they focus on federal and state product liability litigation. Luke is an Assistant District Attorney for Collin County.
The Mack Kidd Administrative Law Moot Court Competition is sponsored by the Administrative and Public Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. The competition is based on actual cases that raise emerging issues in Texas administrative law. This year's problem concerned the authority of the Texas Racing Commission to promulgate rules regulating historical horse race wagering. Preliminary rounds for the competition are held at the headquarters of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas and presided over by administrative law practitioners, Assistant Texas Attorneys General, and administrative law judges from the State Office of Administrative Hearings. This is the third year in a row that an SMU team has advanced to at least the semifinals of the competition.
Please join the BOA in congratulating these students on their success and hard work!
(Left to right first picture: Sean Crider, Maddie Bailey, Brooke Adams, Coach Hunter Oliver, Justin Shelton, Caroline Melo, Coach Katherine Calhoun, Faith Castillo, Coach Ryan Jones) (Left to right second picture: Justin Shelton, Sean Crider, Caroline Melo, Faith Castillo, Brooke Adams, Maddie Bailey)