Baylor Law Students Excel At State Moot Court Contest

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From left, Jessica Russell, Paul Bailiff, team coach Kathy Serr, and Gwen Walraven (not pictured, Wes Lotz).
July 7, 2003

by Alan Hunt

Baylor law student Paul Bailiff was named top advocate by justices of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals at the Moot Court Tournament, sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association during the recent Texas State Bar Convention in Houston.

A high-profile event that attracts teams from law schools throughout the Lone Star State, this year's contest also netted a third best brief award for the Baylor team, a fifth best advocate award for Bailiff's teammate, Jessica Russell, and a second place team award in the championship round. Other team members were brief writer Wes Lotz and bailiff Gwen Walraven.

Team coach was Adjunct Professor Kathy Serr, who expressed her "great pride" in the students' courtroom performance. She said the imaginary case they argued before the justices involved a criminal matter, the Fifth Amendment, and a right to competency hearing.

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