2018 TYLA Moot Court Champions with members of the Texas Supreme Court and the Houston Court of Appeals
WACO, Texas -
Baylor Law TYLA Moot Court Team (L-R) Ryan Owen, Haley Mowdy, and Max Brown
The Baylor Law team of Max Brown, Haley Mowdy, and Kyle Stone along with Ryan Owen as team bailiff, won the 2018 Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) during the recent State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Houston. This high-profile event that attracts teams from law schools throughout the Lone Star State. The win came over Texas Tech University School of Law in a decision handed down by justices from the Texas Supreme Court and the Houston Court of Appeals.
This win marks the third time that Baylor Law has won since 2010, reclaiming the honor it last achieved in 2014. The annual competition pits the state’s law schools against each other in a demanding round-robin tournament that requires teams to argue nine rounds over three days.
Coach Kathy Serr devoted in an incredible amount of time and energy to ensure that our students were prepared and competitive. We truly appreciate her dedication to her students.”–Dean Brad Toben
This year's team also received awards for 2nd Best Brief and Haley Mowdy was recognized as the 2nd Best advocate.
Team coach, Adjunct Professor Kathy Serr, expressed her pride in the students' courtroom performance and stated, “I'm very proud of this year’s team and happy that their hard work preparing for this competition while working at summer clerkships paid off.”
Dean Brad Toben stated, “I am extremely proud of this year’s team. I’ve heard from many of my colleagues about the impressive showing of these Baylor Lawyers.” He added, “Winning the TYLA Moot Court Competition doesn’t just happen. Coach Kathy Serr devoted in an incredible amount of time and energy to ensure that our students were prepared and competitive. We truly appreciate her dedication to her students.”
This year's problem involved timely issues regarding preservation of error, adoption of the sham affidavit rule and interpretation of the standing provision in the Texas Family Code for cases in which joint managing conservatorship of a child is sought.
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