WACO, Texas -
Baylor Law students Elizabeth "BB" Sanford and Keshav Nair; and Chris Arnell and Marcus Fifer competed in the National Trial Competition Regional in Dallas, TX, February 3-5. Despite facing many challenging opponents, the Baylor Law duo BB Sanford and Keshav Nair remained undefeated over the weekend and advanced to the National Trial Competition. Chris Arnell and Marcus Fifer, who were competing in their first law school mock trial competition, advanced to the quarter finals.
"Our coach (Robert Little) always tells us to try the case that is in the room, and that's what we did. It was a fun competition and we are happy that it isn't over yet," said Sanford.
This is Baylor Law's third consecutive year advancing from regionals to nationals. In 2016, Baylor Law's Mark Altman and Brennan Buchanan were regional champions. In 2015, the teams of Brad Ryynanen and Kelsey Warren along with Mark Altman and TJ Jones were regional co-champions. At the national competition in 2015, Mark Altman and TJ Jones advanced to the quarter finals. Baylor Law won the National Trial Competition championship in '78, '80, '09, and '12.
The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students advocacy skills. The competition is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and is widely recognized as a highly competitive event. The competition attracts teams from more than 140 law schools and draws more than 1,000 law students to compete each year.For more information about Baylor Law's advocacy program, ranked #4 in the nation, visit baylor.edu/law/advocacy or contact Baylor Law Advocacy Program Coordinator, Kathy Serr.
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Established in 1857, Baylor Law School was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,400 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law School has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. The Law School boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature, among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law's trial advocacy program as #4 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #55 in the magazine's 2017 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and #4 in the nation in its most recent "Best Law School Facilities" listing. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award's inception in 1984.
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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 D1 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big XII Conference. Learn more at baylor.edu