Baylor Law Students Excel in National Contests

March 26, 1998

by Alan Hunt

Baylor University law students added to their impressive string of recent tournament successes by placing second in the American Bar Association's Client Counseling Competition held last week in Los Angeles, Calif.

Baylor's husband-and-wife team, Meg and Dathan Voelter, coached by Professor Pat Wilson, qualified for the national after winning last month's regional tournament, where they competed against 11 teams. Student coaches Richard Munoz and Tara Mackey assisted the team.

Another recent Baylor success was a first-place victory in the National Security Law Moot Court Competition held in Washington, D.C. Baylor's team, coached by Professor Brian Serr, beat a team from the University of Southern California to win the contest. Representing Baylor were Bridget Fuselier and Philip Kingston. Fuselier also won the best oral advocate award. Baylor's second team of Kerri Smith and Peter Hageman placed third in the contest and also won the second best brief award.

Baylor Law School also distinguished itself in another closely fought tournament--the National Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Association and the Texas Young Lawyers Association. Coached by Professor Gerald Powell, the team of Wendy Hawkins, Will Ellerman and Heather McDaniel were regional champions and qualified for the national finals of the competition, which attracted teams from 148 law schools across the nation. This is the second successive year that Baylor Law School has finished among the top eight teams in the nation.

Baylor's trial team is preparing for a major national contest March 28-29 when they compete in the finals of the American Trial Lawyer Association's Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Washington, D.C. The Baylor team, coached by Kathy Serr, adjunct professor, and Powell, qualified for the finals after remaining undefeated in the regional tournament of the competition held recently in Dallas.

Representing Baylor in Washington will be Bill Berry and Chris Wolfe, with witnesses Jennifer Duncan and Scott DeWolf. Members of Baylor's second team competing in the regional competition were Lori Fix, Dee Goswami, Mark Taylor and Ken Shetter.

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