Pepperdine University School of Law took gold at two team competitions this past weekend. Students Tom Feher and Karen Cho defeated 24 teams from 12 law schools to win the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition in Provo, Utah. They will go on to the national competition in Orlando, Florida, in February.
Pepperdine students also took top honors at the ABA Labor and Employment Law Western Regional Trial Competition in Los Angeles, California. Students Ian Godburn, C. J. Martin, Michael Mewborne, and Kelsey Stapler were semifinalists, and Alicia Campbell, Richard Gillespie, Seth Laursen, and Hannah Montgomery were the champions. The Pepperdine team defeated UCLA for first place and will advance to nationals in Washington, D.C., in January.
Adjunct professor Paul Fisher, who coached Tom Feher and Karen Cho, commented on the students' hard work. "During all three rounds Karen and Tom were amazing and at times performed at the level of experienced attorneys and not as law students," said Fisher. "They are to be commended for their extraordinary efforts and performance."
Since 1972, Pepperdine's School of Law has had a developed advocacy program competing at the highest levels. This important, time honored law school tradition, allows students to hone advocacy and public speaking skills while participating in mock appellate proceedings. By participating in realistic appellate, trial and dispute resolution proceedings, "mooters" put their advocacy skills to the test by competing against other law students from the United States and from around the world.