Advocacy Teams Win Big

October 28, 2013

2L Todd Smith, 3L Robert Koehl and 2L Eliana Albelbaisi

2L Todd Smith won Best Petitioner’s Brief at the John Marshall International Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition in Chicago held Oct. 24-26, 2013.

The award qualifies his brief to be submitted for consideration for the Scribes National Writing Award at the end of the school year. Additionally, Smith’s winning brief will be published in the John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law.

Smith and his teammates, 3L Robert Koehl and 2L Eliana Albelbaisi, also received the International Finalist award, finishing in 2nd place overall in the competition of 24 teams from the U.S., India and Ethiopia. Jennifer Ellis ’05, director of advocacy programs, coached the team.

“The tireless commitment shown by these students is impressive,” Ellis said.

“These students demonstrated the work ethic, eye for detail, and fundamental skill sets needed to succeed as really good attorneys in the real world. I’m very proud of these students and am particularly excited to see Texas A&M’s advocacy programs be so competitive internationally.”

In other advocacy news, 3L Marshall Bridges won Best Oralist at the Mack Kidd Administrative Law Moot Court Competition in Austin held Oct. 25-26, 2013. He received the award after maintaining the highest overall average of all advocates in the five preliminary rounds. Bridges was coached by Andy Sommerman, of Sommerman and Quesada in Dallas.

Read about more Advocacy wins in 2013.