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Baylor Law Team Makes Semifinals, Awarded Third-Best Brief at Security Law Competition

Feb. 16, 2011

The Baylor Law team of Stephanie Almeter and Will Thomas made the break into the semifinal round at the GW Security Law Moot Court Competition on Feb. 13. The team also received the award for the third-best brief. A second Baylor Law team of Ben Doyle and Caroleene Hardee also participated in the competition. The teams were coached by Bridget Fuselier, associate professor of law.

"All four of our students did an exceptional job in the competition," Fuselier said. "They received praise from the judges with respect to both their presentation and advocacy skills but also on their depth of knowledge in a complicated area of the law. I was proud to have them represent our school."

The competition involved 23 law schools and was hosted by the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Contestants argued contemporary security issues before a panel of experts in the field.

This year the competition problem involved an American citizen who is rendered to a foreign country for interrogation after being placed on an "enemy combatant" list.

The American claims to have been tortured for 15 months in the foreign country and then released with no charges being brought against him. He sues the U.S. Attorney General and the Director of the CIA to collect monetary damages for being deprived of his rights under the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments of the US Constitution.

This year, the judges in the semifinal round included a retired general counsel for the CIA and a lawyer who practices in the area of national security law in Washington, D.C., and who argued the three seminal cases involved in the problem before the court of appeals.

"The competition was very well run and as realistic as these competitions get. The judges were knowledgeable experts in the field and truly tested the advocacy skills of the participants," Fuselier said.

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