October 18, 2012

AJMLS Awarded “Best Plaintiff Brief” at National Competition


AJMLS was recently awarded the trophy for the best plaintiff’s brief at the Stetson National Pretrial Competition last weekend. This is the school’s second brief writing award for a moot court competition and our first award in a national setting.  The brief was ranked higher than those submitted by Georgetown, William and Mary, South Texas, Baylor, Pacific McGeorge, Illinois, and several other law schools.  AJMLS has been working toward this award since the moot court program began eight years ago.

Team members – LoriBeth Westbrook, Charles Murphy, Benjamin Stidham, and Irena Chernova worked extremely hard to earn this award. As for the competition itself, AJMLS performed at a very high level, drawing South Texas, William and Mary, and Georgetown as its adversaries. Unfortunately, AJMLS barely missed the cut-off for the semi-finals.

Finally, in terms of credit, the team’s success would not have occurred but for the efforts of two AJMLS alumni coaches – Thomas Lyman and Erin Fowler.  It was amazing to watch these two highly capable alumni pass on their extensive practical knowledge to a new generation of advocates.

Everyone involved on this team raised the stature of AJMLS this weekend.  Thank you.