Baylor Law congratulates Bill "TGB" Thompson, Akilah "Kiki" Craig, Kelly "Big Daddy" Hodge and coach Laura A. Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Law, for their semi-finalist finish at the 13th Annual Pepperdine School of Law National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition. Additionally, Craig was named Third Best Speaker while Hodge led the team to Best Respondent's Brief, Second Place. This was the first time Baylor Law School sent a team to the competition.
Twenty-six different law schools competed in the three-day competition, including Fordham Law School, South Texas College of Law and SMU Law School. Each team, consisting of two or three students, argued novel entertainment law issues before some of the best entertainment lawyers in Los Angeles. More than 90 high-profile entertainment lawyers in Los Angeles, Calif., served as judges.
The problem involved copyright issues over an album created by a fictional teen heartthrob named Justin Beaver. The teams were asked to argue when an artist could seek statutory damages after filing a copyright application, and how those damages should be assessed.
Hernandez had nothing but praise for Thompson, Craig and Hodge. "The competition was formidable. The judges were tough and exacting. But our team was flawless. By the semi-final round, more than one school had told us that they had already heard how good we were," she said.
All teams argued three preliminary rounds. Advancement from the preliminary rounds to the elimination rounds was based on the teamsâ�� win/loss records, with point differentials used when necessary. Only 8 teams made the break from a field of 26. Advancement during elimination rounds was single-elimination. Fourteen awards were awarded in various categories, including Best Advocate, Best Petitioner Brief and Best Respondent Brief.