Baylor Law Team Wins Texas Administrative Law Moot Court Competition for Fourth Year Running

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A Baylor Law team won the Mack Kidd Administrative Law Moot Court competition Oct. 23-24 in Austin. Pictured left to right: Justice Alan Waldrop, Texas Third Court of Appeals; Chief Justice J. Woodfin "Woodie" Jones, Texas Third Court of Appeals; Baylor Law Student Jennifer Salim; Baylor Law Student Wes LeRouax; Team Coach Kathy Serr, Baylor Law School advocacy program coordinator; and the Hon. Stephen Yelenosky, 345th District Civil Court.
Oct. 27, 2009

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A Baylor Law School team captured first place for the fourth year in a row at the annual Mack Kidd Administrative Law Moot Court Competition, held in Austin on Oct. 23-24. The team of Jennifer Salim and Wes LeRouax defeated a team from Texas Wesleyan School of Law. Additionally, Salim was named the competition's second best speaker while LeRouax received the third best speaker award. Their brief also won the second place brief award. The win marks the seventh time in 12 years that a Baylor Law team has won the competition.

"Winning this prestigious Texas competition for the fourth year in a row is very gratifying," said Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben. "Our record in this tournament wonderfully highlights the talented students and faculty we have in the moot court competition arena as well as their dedication to appellate advocacy. We take advocacy skills training, both trial and appellate advocacy, very seriously and our efforts are rewarded by the success of our students."

Twelve teams from Texas law schools participated in the tournament, which is sponsored by the Administrative and Public Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. During the finals the teams were judged by two justices from the Austin Court of Appeals and a Travis County District Court Judge. This year's case involved a dispute over the authority of the Texas Board of Architecture vs. The Texas Board of Professional Engineers. Specifically, the Architecture Board had sanctioned an engineer for the unlawful practice of architecture despite the Engineering Board's position that he was qualified to do that kind of work.

"This competition requires a great deal of work to master the substance and the intricacies of a real world administrative problem," said Kathy Serr, advocacy program coordinator and coach of the Baylor team. "The Baylor teams again did an incredible job in that regard. And as the judges in the finals confirmed, Wes and Jennifer argued the case in a manner that most practicing attorneys would envy."

Serr said Baylor Law School was well represented by two additional teams. The team of Jesse Davis and Jay Choi's lost in the semifinals while the team of Jessica Frankland and Bryan Bufkin lost in the quarterfinals.

Contact: Julie Carlson, Baylor Law School, (254) 710-6681

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