TU Team Wins National Health Law Competition

Monday, December 01, 2003

Published on 12/1/03

Two students from The University of Tulsa College of Law, Mia Johnson and Pansy Moore-Shrier, won the 2003-04 National Health Law Moot Court Competition at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. This was the first win for TU in this contest, which involves oral and written skills on a simulated appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The two-woman team defeated powerhouse South Texas College of Law, winner of this event for the past three years, in the final round and Loyola University in the semi-finals. Loyola-Chicago is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top health law programs in the country.

The final round was decided by a three judge panel: a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, a federal district court judge, and the national president (a dual professional with both an M.D. and a J.D.) of the American College of Legal Medicine, which co-sponsors the event. First place in this competition receives a monetary scholarship award.

A second TU team of Jason Lile and Jeffrey Heater won their oral advocacy rounds in preliminary competition and placed eighth in the nation with their brief. Both teams were coached by Bruce McKenna of Holden & McKenna.

For more information, contact Marguerite Chapman at (918) 631-2463 or marguerite-chapman@utulsa.edu.