2018 - 2019 BOA Competitions



2018 - 2019 Board of Advocates Competitions


ABA Labor & Employment Mock Teams

On October 28, 2018, two of SMU's teams competed in the Dallas Regional for the ABA Labor and Employment Mock Trial Competition. The first SMU team included second year law students Andrew Gray, Tom Whitten, Blaire Beene, and Ryan Musser, who took home the title of Regional Champions! After besting teams from the University of Texas and University of Mississippi, the team went head to head with the second team from SMU in the final round. Based on their win, this team will advance to the National Competition, which will take place in January of 2019 in New Orleans. The team is coached by Katherine Handy Calhoun (Texas Tech Law ’15, Bowman and Brooke LLP) and Luke Calhoun (Texas Tech Law ’14, Collin County District Attorney’s Office). And, special thanks to Brendan Farrelly who is the toughest witness on the planet! The second SMU team included Connor Barbe, James Peacock, Roslyn Dubberstein, and Faith Castillo. They advocated their way to the final round of the competition and missed moving on to Nationals by one vote. The team is coaches by Courtney Floyd and Catherine Schneider. The team would like to give a special thanks to Gigi Girling, their brilliant fifth comrade. Please congratulate these amazing advocates on their hard work! 

                                                   TEAM ONE

Team one pictured left to right: Katherine Calhoun (coach), Andrew Gray, Tom Whitten,
Blaire Beene, Ryan Musser, and Luke Calhoun (coach). Not pictured: Brendan Farrelly.

                                            TEAM TWO

Team two pictured left to right: Connor Barbe, James Peacock, Coach Courtney Floyd,
Roslyn Dubberstein, & Faith Castillo (not pictured: Gigi Girling & Coach Catherine Schneider)


ABA Artibration

Congratulations CHAMPIONS!  The ABA Arbitration team, coached by Stephanie Gonzales '09 and assisted by Jib Zaidi '15, competed in 4 rounds of competition at Chapman University in Orange, CA on November 17 and 18.  The team consisting of Briana Blackman, Charles Entsminger, Ty Harding, Cecilia Jimenez, and Karina Rambeau went undefeated and were awarded Regional Champions.  Team Respondent consisting of Ty Harding and Karina Rambeau had the momentum and were chosen to compete as the attorneys in the semi-final and final round.  Our CEO witness, Briana Blackman, and care attendant witness, Charles Entsminger, nailed their performances as well and were able to trip up the other team on cross examination.  Special thanks also goes out to Lauren Pfieffer who helped the ABA Arbitration team prepare for competition.  The ABA Arbitration team will be proudly representing SMU at the National Competition in Chicago on January 25 - 27.  Good luck, ABA Arbitration team! Please join the BOA in congratulating these students on their hard work and success! 

Left to right: Charles Entsminger, Briana Blackman, Coach Stephanie Gonzales, Ty Harding,
Karina Rambeau, & Cecilia Jimenez (not pictured: Coach Jib Zaidi & Lauren Pfieffer)


Thomas Tang Moot Team

On October 13, two teams from SMU competed in the Thomas Tang Southern Regional Competition in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. SMU advocates John Healey, Lynnsee Starr, Marissa Boulanger, and Alen Samuel went head-to-head against teams from Georgia State, UNC, and South Texas. Based on the preliminary round scores, Alen Samuel was awarded Best Oralist

Both teams advanced to the semi-finals, and Alen Samuel and Marissa Boulanger advanced to the finals. Alen and Marissa placed second, earning the title of Southern Regional Runner Up. Based on their success at Regionals, both SMU teams advanced to the National Competition. They will compete in Chicago, Illinois on November 9 & 10. Both teams are coached by Mey Ortiz, Austin Teng, Will Tran, and Emily Liu. Please congratulate these advocates on their hard work!

Left to right: Marissa Boulanger, Alen Samuel, John Healey, & Lynnsee Starr
(Not pictured: Coaches 
Mey Ortiz, Austin Teng, Will Tran, & Emily Liu)


San Diego Defense Mock Team

Two weeks ago, the San Diego Defense Lawyers Mock Trial Team competed in San Diego, California.  The team is comprised of advocates Sara Reams, Katie Davis, Jet McGuire, Nikki Britten, and Austin Hamby. The team was coached by Ali Fritsche, Allison Reppond, and Ian Ross Phillips. Everyone on the team would like to thank its amazing shadow, Alesha Nichols, for all her hard work in helping the team prepare for competition.

This year’s problem involved a school shooting scenario and hinged upon whether a doctor had a duty to break his oath of confidentiality. The plaintiffs contended that the doctor had a duty to report the shooter after he made troubling statements about resorting to violence during counseling sessions before the shooting occurred. The defense argued that there was no possible way the doctor could have foreseen the actions taken by the shooter.

The competition was composed of 14 teams from across the U.S. Our advocates won their first trial and were mere points away from being one of the 4 teams advancing into the semifinal round. Please congratulate each of them on a job well done!

Left to right: Sara Reams, Katie Davis, Coach Ian Ross Phillips, Jet McGuire, Nikki Britten, &
Austin Hamby (not pictured: Alesha Nichols & Coaches Ali Fritsche & Allison Reppond)


Fall On-Campus Negotiations Competitions

Champions                                                                              Runners-Up                 
Nikki Britten & Andrea Reed                                                   Karina Rambeau & Briana Blackman

                                                           The Team!


On-Campus Fall Mock Trial Competition
September 29-30, 2018

Champions                                                           Runners-Up                           Best Speaker and Best Cross

Austin Hamby, Connor Barbe,                    Briana Blackman, Kristina Smith,              Nicole Feragen
Cecelia Jimenez & Charles Entsminger       Nikki Britten & Gina Mills

Best Open and Best Direct
Briana Blackman

Best Close
Elizabeth Tillman