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Arkansas State Moot Court team takes
third place at Texas Wesleyan School of Law
Nov. 16, 2009 --
The Arkansas State University Moot
Court Team kicked off its season with the bang of a gavel at Texas
Wesleyan University School of Law on Thursday-Friday, Oct. 30-31. The pairing of Lilia
Pacheco, a sophomore political science major of Jonesboro, and Jervonne
Newsome, a senior political science and philosophy major of Jonesboro,
placed third in the tournament after prevailing in a hard-fought battle
with a team from Baylor University in the quarterfinals. Pacheco and
Newsome lost in the semi-finals to the eventual tournament champion from
the University of Texas at Austin.
“We were all very pleased with the results,” said Dr. Hans Hacker,
Political Science assistant professor and team coach. “To end up third
out of 50 teams, that’s difficult to argue with in such a crowded field.
All the members of our team represented the university very well.”
addition, the team won two individual speaker awards. Out of 100
students from 13 universities participating, Abram Skarda, a junior
political science major of Des Arc, placed third, and Jervonne Newsome
placed 10th. Ryan Mullenix, a senior corporate finance major of
Jonesboro, placed 11th. “Our Moot Court team is off to a good
start defending its national championship in brief writing,” said Dr.
Carol O’Connor, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Moot Court competition involves students arguing a hypothetical case
before a fictitious Supreme Court composed of attorneys, judges, public
officials, and law school students. It combines training in all the
things any lawyer would say are crucial for a career—speaking/advocacy,
writing, and research skills. Moot Court also allows ASU undergraduates
to meet law students, law school professors, career attorneys, and
sitting judges. Opportunities to network with law school students and
The ASU Moot Court Team is a competitive team participating in the
Southwestern and South Central Regions of the American Collegiate Moot
Court Association (the organization overseeing national undergraduate
moot court competition). The team travels throughout the region and
nation competing against other undergraduate teams. Competitions are
usually held at law schools. All competitions are judged by third year
law students, professors, practicing attorneys, and sitting judges.
The Arkansas State Moot Court Team takes to the podium again on Friday,
Nov. 20, in Little Rock, when it competes for the South Central Regional
Championship at UALR's William H. Bowen School of Law. This competition will
determine seeding for the National Undergraduate Moot Court
Championships to be held Friday-Saturday, Jan. 15-16, at Florida International University
College of Law in Miami, Florida.
--ASU Public Relations student intern Sara Hulett is
responsible for writing, editing, and online design and formatting of this release.