Maryland Carey Law students celebrated another banner year of success in a wide range of competitions.
The National Trial Team, which recently received a $75,000 gift from The Law Office of Miguel Palmeiro, LLC, advanced to the Elite Eight in the 36-team South Texas Mock Trial Challenge, the largest invitational trial competition in the U. S. The team of 3L Michael Brown and 2Ls Ben Garmoe, Diana Griffin and Laura Merkey won the Bailey Trophy for Best Brief along with two Silver Plate awards. Brown also won a Silver Plate award for Best Advocate in the preliminary rounds. The Maryland squad took home more awards during the preliminary rounds than any other team.
Third-year students Stephanie Klock, Connie Lee, Doug Sampson, Trevonne Walford and Justin Wallace were joined by 2Ls Sean Harding, Daniel Kaprow and Jade McDuffie in advancing to the semifinals at the Student Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by the American Association for Justice. And 3L Richard Medoff and 2Ls Loretta Bacon, Emmit Kellar and Erick Kim advanced to the semifinals in the National Trial Competition, sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
Business Law Program students 3L Roberto Baez, 2L Kimberleigh Dyess, and 2L Robbie Walker won first place for their drafted agreement at the fifth annual Transactional LawMeet on February 27, a competition among 84 teams in which law students engage in mock negotiations after having drafted a transactional agreement. Board of Visitors member, Bill Pittler ’59, sponsored the business law students’ participation in the LawMeet.
Third-year students Daniel Borman and Nick Rodriguez received honorable mention for their brief at the 25th Annual National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, held at the Newseum Institute in Washington D.C. The team's brief score of 95 points ranked them as one of the top 10 teams that competed. The competition is recognized as one of the finest constitutional law competitions in the country, and this year attracted 29 teams from some of the nation's top law schools.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Team members and third-year students Michele Hayes and Jillian Chavis advanced to the regional finals to finish second overall in the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution Regional Representation in Mediation competition. First time competitors Chelsea Kadish 3L and Kieran Dowdy 2L finished fifth overall, with a judge’s sweep in the second round.
The InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution Law School Tournament judges students in a variety of roles, including attorney, client, and mediator. Out of 84 attorney-client teams, the team of 2Ls Joan Leatherman and Chris Burruezo finished in first place and the team of Leatherman and second-year student J'Naia Boyd finished an impressive 6th overall. In the mediation category, Leatherman finished fourth out of 168 competitors.
In February, 3Ls Mary Biscoe and Ben Smith traveled to Houston, TX to represent Maryland Carey Law at the ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition. After defeating the top-seeded school, University of California, Berkley in the semi-final round, they won their final round against Texas A&M. They ended the competition as national finalists, finishing third overall.
Two ADR Teams competed at the Liberty University School of Law National Negotiation Tournament and advanced to the semi-final round. 2Ls Alex Moore and James Pool finished fifth overall, receiving a perfect score in their second round of competition, and 2Ls Jennifer Cameron and Erick Pramschufer finished seventh overall, also receiving a perfect score in their second round of competition.
In September 2014, Carey Law students David Lewis ’15 and Joh Sedtal ’15 won the 4th Annual National Sports Law Negotiation Competition at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, besting 36 teams from 21 other law schools over three rounds.