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Pepperdine Wins National ABA Labor and Employment Trial Competition

Pepperdine University School of Law took gold at the sixth annual ABA Labor and Employment Trial Advocacy Competition in Washington, D.C., Jan. 30-31. Students Richard Gillespie, Seth Laursen, Hannah Montgomery, and Zack Shine comprised the winning team.

The Pepperdine team, coached by Professor Harry Caldwell and adjunct professor Michael Crowe, defeated SMU in the final round.The win marks the second time in three years that Pepperdine has won the national competition.

Previously, the team of Richard Gillespie, Seth Laursen, Hannah Montgomery, and Alicia Campbell took top honors at the ABA Labor and Employment Law Western Regional Trial Competition in Los Angeles, California, in November. After Campbell graduated in December, Zack Shine joined the team.

"This was an amazing experience where I truly appreciated our team’s cohesiveness and dedication," said Hannah Montgomery. "I credit Pepperdine and our talented coaches for equipping us to go against the best in the country."

The ABA Labor and Employment Trial Advocacy Competition introduces law students to the challenges and rewards of employment and labor litigation. Regional competitions are held in eight locations across the country.

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.

Visit Pepperdine's advocacy programs.