Baylor Law School Sends Two Teams to Competitions

Oct. 8, 2009

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Two teams from Baylor Law School will compete in prestigious mock trial and moot court tournaments this weekend in Michigan and Georgia.

The team of Tyler Atkinson, Blaire Knox, Carson Runge and Justin A. Smith will travel to Michigan State Law School to compete in the 10th annual National Trial Advocacy Competition. The Baylor team is coached by Jim Wren, assistant professor of law, and Dustin Benham, visiting professor of law. The team will argue the fictional murder trial State of Sparta v. Paul Malin.

A Baylor Law team captured first place at last year's competition. This year's competition runs through Oct. 11.

On Friday, Oct. 9, the Baylor Law team of Ana Ene, Landon Ramsay and Megan Wren will begin competition in the Third Annual Emory University School of Law Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition in Atlanta. The team is coached by Larry Bates, professor of law.

Only 32 teams will compete in the tournament in which teams represent the appellant and appellee in the fictional case of Jack Shepard v. The United States of America. Competitors will appear in the United States Court of Appeals for the 13th Circuit on two issues. The first concerns the proper interpretation of a federal statute, while the second addresses the use of expert witnesses to testify against the validity of an eye witness. The competition will conclude Oct. 11.

Contact: Julie Campbell Carlson, Director, Communications and Marketing, Baylor Law School, 254-710-6681

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