SMU Dedman School of Law Moot Court and Mock Trial Teams Named National and Regional Winners

Congratulations to the SMU Dedman School of Law Moot Court and Mock Trial Teams!

SMU Law Named National Champions and Semi-finalists at 2022 Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition. ABA Arbitration Mock Trial team places third in the regional round.

At the 2022 Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition national round in Las Vegas, NV on November 4-5, the two SMU Law teams faced each other in the semi-finals. The team composed of 2L Miriam Wang and 2L Mary Katherine Hargreaves beat the team composed of 3L Joshua Yun and 2L Jordon B.V. Smith and advanced to the final round. Ultimately, Miriam and Mary won the final round, and were named National Champions. Joshua and Jordon received the honor of being national semi-finalists.

Notably, to get to the national round, the two teams swept the regional round, where Joshua and Jordan were the regional champions, and received the best brief and best oralist awards at the regional round. In other words, both teams that participated in the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition were fantastic and represented the school amazingly.

The teams were coached by an excellent trio of coaches: Hanna Kim ‘17, Christina Ta ‘21, and Jacob Mathew ‘21.

On November 4-6, the SMU Board of Advocates team composed of 2L Michael Reeves, 2L Jason Patalano, and 3L Kevin Sheneberger competed in the ABA Negotiations regional competition November 4-6, where they excelled and advanced to nationals. The team is coached by Ciera Norris ‘16.

At the ABA Arbitration Mock Trial regional round of competition, the SMU team composed of 3L Skyanne Simonson, 3L Emma Jenevein, 3L Tyler Mayer, 2L Jacob Fishman and 3L Eric Achatz placed third in the regional round. Although they do not automatically advance to nationals, there remained a chance that they will advance, depending on the outcomes in other regions. We are rooting on them and are very proud of their performance! The arbitration team is coached by Stephanie Gonzales ‘09.

“The SMU Law Board of Advocates offers exceptional experiential learning opportunities to SMU Law students. The student advocates that participate are driven and dedicated to honing their craft. I am extremely grateful to the coaches that volunteer their time to teach SMU’s student advocates and offer many heartfelt congratulations for their success!” said Carla L. Reyes, Board of Advocates Faculty Advisor and Assistant Professor of Law.

Congratulations on these amazing accomplishments!