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Pepperdine Hosts the 13th Annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition

Pepperdine University School of Law presented the 13th annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition Nov. 12 to 14 in Malibu, California. For the past 13 years, Pepperdine has hosted the competition, which is organized annually by the school’s moot court board.

Twenty-six teams competed in this year’s competition, including representatives from Baylor Law School, the SMU Dedman School of Law, and Southwestern Law School among others. Each team, comprising two or three students, argued a case involving music copyrights and statutory damages before top entertainment lawyers in Los Angeles.

All of the teams argued three preliminary rounds, while advancement from the preliminary rounds to the elimination rounds was based on the teams’ win/loss records, with point differentials used when necessary. Advancement during elimination rounds was single-elimination. A panel of judges graded all of the briefs, and the average brief grades counted for 30 percent of the team score throughout the competition.

In the final round, Texas Tech University School of Law defeated Western State University College of Law, Southwestern Law School, and Baylor Law School to win the competition. The title of best final round advocate was given to Elizabeth Geary from Texas Tech University School of Law, while Miriam Milstein from University of San Diego was awarded the best preliminary round advocate. The award for the best petitioner brief was given to McGeorge Law School, and the award for best respondent brief was given to Southwestern Law School.

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