Georgia Law sweeps state advocacy tournament; finishes strong in nationals

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Writer: Cindy H. Rice, 706/542-5172, cindyh@uga.edu
Contact: Kellie Casey Monk, 706/542-2739, krcasey@uga.edu

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law recently swept the Intrastate Moot Court Competition, which has teams from all five of the state's law schools vying for the top trophy.

Second-year law students S. Aliya Charlery, Alison L. Lee and Jonathan D. Parente won the Best Brief Award and defeated Georgia State University in the final round to take first place, while a second team from Georgia Law, composed of second-year students Sean P. Kane, Marie E. Greene and Elizabeth R. Story, finished as semi-finalists. Greene was named the competition's best oralist.

"I am extremely proud of our students and how they handled themselves against their peers in Georgia," the law school's Director of Advocacy Kellie Casey Monk said. "This competition is always a fun, but intense, rivalry among the law schools in Georgia."

This is the second year in a row Georgia Law has swept this tournament, winning all three trophies, and marks the school's fourth straight championship title.

Additionally, Georgia Law had a strong finish in the national tier of the 2009 Texas Bar Association National Trial Competition.

Third-year law students Michael J. Eshman and Titus T. Nichols finished as semi-finalists, and third-year students Amer H. Ahmad and Erin P. Redmon placed as quarterfinalists. Both Georgia Law teams won the Atlanta regional tournament in February to earn the right to compete for the national title.

"All 200 ABA accredited law schools in the country are invited to compete in this annual competition with the top two teams from each of the 14 regional tournaments advancing to the national round in Texas," Casey Monk said. "Our students were up against a tremendously talented field, and I am very proud they finished near the top of the pack."

In another national tournament, third-year law students Danielle D. Davis, Candace A. Hill, Melanie D. Reed and Arlisa A. Woodard finished as quarterfinalists in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. This tournament is organized by the National Black Law Student Association.

The team placed first in a regional round of the contest allowing them to advance to nationals, which took place in California. Georgia Law has competed in the top tier of this mock trial tournament three of the last five years with a first place finish in 2006.

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