By Brittany Hardy
Baylor Law School students Chaille Graft, Andrew Guthrie and Joey Hance, under the coaching of Professor Rory Ryan, will begin their participation in the National Moot Court Regional Competition on Thursday, Nov. 18, at South Texas School of Law in Houston. The first and second place teams from each region will advance to the National Finals, which will take place at the New York City Bar from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2011.
In preparation for the competition, the team first worked approximately 40 hours over two weeks writing its brief. Since the brief's completion three weeks ago, the team has met for oral argument practices about every other day. At the practices, the problem is argued from both the petitioner and respondent sides. Guest judges, professors and student peers have been brought in to critique the practices.
The problem deals with the proper standards to apply in granting preliminary injunction.
Team members said that Ryan's coaching skills have been a valuable component to the team's progress.
"Professor Ryan is very smart and able to make complex arguments simple, so that you can articulate them in a way that is clear and precise and persuasive." Hance said, "Without him, I don't think we'd be nearly as persuasive or have nearly as high expectations as we have."