October 25, 2011
It has become a tradition for a Baylor Law team to stand in the winner's circle at the Mack Kidd Administrative Law Moot Court Competition, and this year was no exception. For the sixth year in a row, Baylor Law took first place at the competition, which was held in Austin Oct. 22-23. The team of Will Thomas and Stephanie Larsen were undefeated during the tournament. Additionally, the team received the award for Best Brief and Thomas was named Best Speaker in the finals. Kathy Serr, advocacy program coordinator, served as coach.
Baylor Law also was well represented by the teams of Matt Smith and Kaitlin Lawrence and Hunter Oliver and Derik Scott at the competition.
"The quality of students can always help you out, but with such a record the consistency in quality has to be the coach. This is truly an awesome record," said Ron Beal, professor of law and expert in administrative law.
The Mack Kidd competition is sponsored by the Administrative and Public Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Sixteen teams from a number of the state's law schools competed in a double elimination format tournament. This year's case involved the Public Utility Commission of Texas v the City of Garland. The PUC was charged with creating a plan to construct transmission lines from wind farms in west Texas to electric customers along I-35. Garland was not chosen as one of the Transmission Service Providers and appealed the agency's order.
The preliminary rounds took place at the State Office of Administrative Hearings in Austin. The finals were at the Austin Third Court of Appeals with former Third Court Justice Alan Waldrop, current Justice Melissa Goodwin and Supreme Court Justice Phil Johnson on the judges' panel.
Another Baylor Law advocacy team that competed the same weekend also did well. Baylor Law carried the green and gold to Washington, D.C., for the 18th annual Burton Wechsler Moot Court Competition, hosted by American University's Washington School of Law. Adam Arrington, Alice Warburton, and LT Whitley made the break at the tournament that focuses on First Amendment issues, before losing a tough post-break round. Warburton was named the second best speaker at the competition while Arrington was the 12th best speaker. The team was coached by Professors Larry Bates and Rory Ryan.
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