MC Law Wins Andrews Kurth National Championship
January 31, 2011
The Mississippi College School of Law Moot Court team won the Andrews Kurth National Championship, held January 27-29, in Houston. The competition team was also awarded the Best Brief Award.
The University of Houston's Blakely Advocacy Center hosted the competition that attracted 16 of the top moot court programs in the nation. This is the first year that MC Law was invited to compete. The winning team consisted of third-year students Tim Anzenberger of Concord, N.C., Erin Bachman of Emporia, Kan., and Neil Wilson of Tacoma, Wash. Wilson also served as the team's brief writer.
MC Law won the title by defeating Loyola-Chicago University School of Law in the final round, judged by Fifth Circuit Chief Judge Edith Jones, Fifth Circuit Senior Judge Harold DeMoss, Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Scott Brister.
The notable panel of judges provided a great opportunity for MC Law students to showcase their advocacy skills. Bachman said, "The highlight of the competition was getting to argue in front of such a prestigious final round panel. Hearing our final round competitors announced as the second place finishers and realizing we won the entire competition was pretty great too."
MC Law Dean Jim Rosenblatt sees the competition win as a major accomplishment for MC Law. “I am so proud of our team members, our coach, and our Moot Court program for this victory. We have enjoyed prior success at the regional and national level. However, to win this Moot Court National Championship given the strength and experience of the other law school teams was truly remarkable,” said Rosenblatt.
The Andrews Kurth Moot Court Championship was launched in 2008 and provides the top 16 law school moot court programs the opportunity to compete for the "best of the best." The championship was created to recognize a law school's sustained excellence in the art of written and oral advocacy.
The invitational competition consisted of teams from Brooklyn College of Law, Chicago-Kent Law School, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Duke University Law School, Florida Coastal Law School, George Washington University Law School, John Marshall-Chicago Law School, Loyola-Chicago University Law School, Mississippi College School of Law, Seton Hall University Law School, South Texas College of Law, Southern Methodist University Law School, Stetson University Law School, Texas Tech University Law School, University of California-Hastings Law School and the University of Miami Law School.
The competition team was coached by Michael Bentley, a 2007 MC Law graduate with the firm of Bradley Arant Boult and Cummings in the capital city. Bachman will join the firm after graduation with Anzenberger to serve as a law clerk to Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jess H. Dickinson.
The success at this national competition is directly attributed to the strength of the law school's moot court program. "Mississippi College School of Law has, under Professor Lowery’s direction, developed a moot court program that routinely produces excellent advocates, who command respect for both their style and substance. The legal community in Jackson has embraced the program and contributes so generously to the students’ success," said Bentley.