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Pepperdine Celebrates Fall Advocacy Successes

Pepperdine University School of Law celebrated the recent successes student advocates have had in regional and national competitions with a reception on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Students were honored who were champions or semifinalists in the following competitions: Foreign Direct Investment International Moot Competition, Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice Trial Competition, ABA Labor & Employment Law Trial Advocacy Regional Competition, and ABA Regional Negotiation Competition.

The school's most recent success was the Chicago Bar Association Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition on Nov. 21, in Chicago, Illinois. Second-year students Janelle White and Dustin May advanced to the final four and won Second Place Brief, while third-year Melissa Thornsberry and second-year Will Glaser were the champions. Both teams were coached by Carolyn Schenck (JD '03).

Pepperdine students Tom Feher and Karen Cho won the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition in Provo, Utah, on Nov. 14. They defeated 24 teams from 12 law schools to win the competition. They will go on to the national competition in Orlando, Florida, in February.

On the same day, Pepperdine students 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.

Finally, third-year students Jonathan Matthews and Aaron Echols were named international champions at the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Moot Competition in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 24.

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.

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