2016-2017 Board of Advocates Competitions

Congratulations to the Board of Advocates

ABA NAAC Competitors

Last weekend, two SMU teams competed in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Both teams, comprising advocates Evan Atkinson, Ben Shreve, An Phan, Kolton Warren, Chelsea McHenry, and Courtney Capshaw, broke to the regional final round. The team consisting of Atkinson, Shreve, and Phan received the 2nd Best Brief Award. The team consisting of Warren, McHenry, and Capshaw received the 4th Best Brief Award. Kolton Warren also received the 2nd Best Speaker award, and Ben Shreve received the 9th Best Speaker. The teams were coached by Lance Caughfield and Haleigh Jones (SMU '15). 
Please congratulate these advocates on their hard work and success!

Duberstein Moot Court Competitors

This past weekend (February 18, 2017), both SMU Duberstein teams progressed to the championship round of the Elliott Cup Texas and Fifth Circuit Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition in San Antonio, Texas.  The teams—comprised of Emma Persson, Alexandria Rahn, Alexander Cohen, Meredith Borschow, Laci Resendiz, and Barret Armbruster—argued the final round before bankruptcy judges from the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of Texas.  In the end, Ms. Borschow, Ms. Resendiz, and Mr. Armbruster emerged victorious, reclaiming the Elliott Cup for SMU after an eight-year drought.  Mr. Cohen and Ms. Borschow also received individual speaker awards for their outstanding advocacy.  Both teams proceed on to the Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition in New York, New York, in twelve days.

Coaches Omar Alaniz, Liz Boydston, and Tim Springer provided generous guidance and support for both teams.
Please join the BOA in congratulating these exceptional advocates and coaches.
From left to right: Tim Springer; Barret Armbruster; Laci Resendiz; Meredith Borschow; Hon. Robert L. Jones, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas; Hon. Ronald B. King, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas; Hon. Craig A. Gargotta, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas; Alexander Cohen; Emma Persson; Liz Boydston; Alexandria Rahn; and Omar Alaniz.

Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition

Last weekend, competitors Alexa Naumovich, Dallas Flick, and Camille Seibel represented SMU at the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition here in Dallas. The Competition was established in 1990 in honor of Saul Lefkowitz, Chairman of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is administered by the International Trademark Association (INTA). The Competition is an annual event consisting of Regional Competitions in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York and San Francisco, and a National Final Competition in Washington, D.C.  The 2016-17 problem concerned the invalidation of trademarks on immorality grounds and the infringement of trade dress. Approximately eighteen teams competed in the Dallas regional.

The team was coached by SMU Law alumni Charles North and Martin Dungan. Please congratulate these advocates on their hard work and success!

(from left to right: Alexa Naumovich, Dallas Flick, Camille Seibel)

ABA Client Counseling Competition

On February 4-5, competitors Briana Blackman, Tiffany Clark, Kevin Pierce, Tad Schmidt, and Rusty Tucker competed at the ABA Client Counseling Competition at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.  This marked the third consecutive year that the teams coached by Stephanie Gonzales advanced to the finals!
2L JD/MBA student Briana Blackman and 3L Rusty Tucker were awarded Regional Semi-Finalists, and 3Ls Tiffany Clark and Kevin Pierce competed in five rounds to become Regional Finalists.  This year's topic was privacy law.  Way to make SMU and the BOA proud, ABA Client Counseling teams!

(From left to right: Coach Stephanie Gonzales, Rusty Tucker, Tiffany Clark, Kevin Pierce, Briana Blackman, Tad Schmidt)

Tulane Football Negotiation Competition

On January 27-28, 2017, competitors Collin Quigley, Eric Etheridge, Alex Romeo, Kori Rady, Evan Bookstaff, and Katherine Grosskopf competed at the Tulane Football Negotiation Competition in New Orleans, Louisiana. The competition started on Friday, and each team negotiated 3 NFL players’ contracts that day. Team 1 advanced to the quarterfinals on Saturday morning and negotiated a fourth round. Both SMU teams worked extremely hard, and the team comprised of Kori Rady, Evan Bookstaff, and Katherine Grosskopf made it to the quarterfinals, where they placed in the top 8 out of 29 teams. The team was coached by Ann Martin. 
Please congratulate these advocates for their hard work and success! 

(From left to right: Katherine Grosskopf, Alex Romeo, Coach Ann Martin, Evan Bookstaff, Kori Rady) 


ABA Labor & Employment Mock Competitions

On Nov. 18 - 20, competitors Wade Scofield, Phuong Tran, Ashley Albert, Jared Norton, Austin Schnell, London Ryynanen England, MacKinley Phelps, Erin Brewer, Michael Fechner, and Angela Faulkner competed at the ABA Labor & Employment Mock Trial Competition in Philadelphia, PA. Out of 11 teams, the team comprised of Ryynanen England, Phelps, Brewer, and Fechner finished second overall, breaking twice.
This year’s problem centered around a disabled veteran who sought to accommodate a service animal to accommodate her Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in her position at the government-run Transit Authority. She claimed discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act and that the Transit Authority failed to reasonably accommodate her under the law.
The teams were coached by SMU Law alumni Chris Klement and Harrison Oldham.
Please congratulate these students on their hard work and success!

(Back row: MacKinley Phelps, Jared Norton, Michael Fechner, Austin Schnell, Coach Chris Klement, Wade Scofield, Coach Harrison Oldham, London Ryynanen England. Front row: Ashley Albert, Phuong Tran, Erin Brewer, Angela Faulkner)


National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition

Last weekend SMU students Ben Shreve, Meredith Borschow, Chelsea McHenry, and Rebecca Neumann competed at the National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, which is hosted by the University of San Diego School of Law. SMU impressed at the tournament, with Rebecca and Chelsea winning first overall at the competition. This win was SMU's second championship at the competition in the last three years (2014) and the second weekend in a row that SMU has won a national competition in San Diego (congrats Tang team!).
Meredith and Ben also impressed by advancing out of the preliminary rounds and reaching Octofinals as one of the top 16 teams. In addition to team awards, SMU claimed multiple individual awards, with Meredith winning 8th best speaker, Rebecca and Chelsea winning 3rd best Respondent brief, and Meredith and Ben winning 5th best Petitioner brief. The teams were coached by Hunter Oliver (Baylor Law '13) and Sam Bragg (SMU Law '15). Hunter is an associate at the Dallas office of Bowman and Brooke and Sam is an associate at the Dallas office of Alston & Bird. Sam, who was an advocate on SMU's 2014 team, has now won the competition as both a competitor and a coach.
The National Criminal Procedure Tournament is held on the University of San Diego's campus in the heart of sunny San Diego. The competition features 36 teams from law schools across the nation.  The tournament involves emerging issues in criminal procedure, with this year's problem focusing on the application of several judicially recognized exceptions to the 4th Amendment. Judging consists primarily of Southern California criminal law practitioners and faculty, with the final round presided over by both California state and federal judges.
Please congratulate these students on their hard work and success!

(Pictured from left to right in left photograph: Hunter Oliver (coach), Ben Shreve, Meredith Borschow, Rebecca Neumann, Chelsea McHenry, and Sam Bragg (coach))


Pepperdine Entertainment Moot Court Competition Team

Please congratulate the competitors of the Pepperdine National Entertainment Law Moot Court Team, who represented SMU on November 12-13, 2016, in Malibu, California. They received the First Place Brief Award. The team includes competitors Rachel Bokmeyer, Alexa Naumovich, and Alex Rahn. The team is coached by Dennis Siaw-Lattey and Rwan Hardesty. 

(From left to right: Rachel Bokmeyer, Alex Rahn, Alexa Naumovich)

National Trial Advocacy Competition Team

Please congratulate the competitors for the National Trial Advocacy Competition Team, who represented SMU on November 4-6 in Lansing, Michigan. This year, the issue was a criminal case involving a battery against a peace officer causing bodily injury. The team includes competitors Lara Albright, Catherine Barbaree, Laci Resendiz, Cory Scanlon, and Megan Scott. The team is coached by Nick Palmer. 

(From left to right: Coach Nick Palmer, Cory Scanlon, Catherine Barbaree,
Megan Scott, Lara Albright, and Laci Resendiz)

Thomas Tang Moot Court

Alstyn Bennett and Barret Armbruster successfully defended SMU's title as the Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition Champion at the 2016 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Convention in San Diego, California. The team defeated four other regional champions or runners-up to progress to the competition's final round, where they argued before a distinguished panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, and Deputy Judge Advocate General of the United States Army. SMU emerged victorious for the second year in a row, bringing the Thomas Tang Trophy back home to Dallas for at least one more year.

Coaches Michael Ma, Meyling Ly-Ortiz, Austin Teng, and Will Tran provided generous guidance and support for all three of SMU's Thomas Tang teams this semester.

Congratulations to National Champions
November 2016

Alstyn Bennett and Barrett Armbruster


San Diego Defense Mock Trial Team

October 2016

(From left to right: Keelin Granahan, Ginger Epstein, Coach Ali Fritsche, Meagan McNeil, Abigail Storm, and Matthew Niegos)

Vino Veritas Mock Trial Team

October 2016

Team competitors were Will Davis, Ashlyn Scott, Andrew Upton, Staci Schwartz and Joey Craddock. 
The Team was coached by Tyler Eaton and Jeff Andress