TU Law Team Wins Regional Award at Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Published on 2/8/07

One of The University of Tulsa College of Law’s mock trial teams recently placed third in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition held during the Rocky Mountain Black Law Students Association regional meeting in Tulsa.

The TU trial team consisted of law students Lance Williams, Stacy Henderson, Matthew Block, and Chanteau Orr. In addition, Lance Williams, a third-year student, earned third place in the Best Overall Advocate category of the competition.

“The students’ hard-work and dedication to excellence resulted in these accomplishments,” said College of Law Dean Robert Butkin. “The success of the mock trial team is testament once again to our students’ exceptional performance in regional and national advocacy competitions.”

The TU trial team competed with teams from other law schools in a nine state region, spanning from Idaho to Oklahoma. A record number of teams participated in this year’s competition, with more than 50 law students competing.

Local attorney and mock trial team coach Dwain Shaw noted that the team “set a new benchmark” for the College of Law’s mock trial teams. “This is the second consecutive year that TU Law has competed in this outstanding competition honoring the memory of Thurgood Marshall,” he said.

The College of Law has several moot court programs, and has had winning teams in the National Health Law Competition, the National Native American Law Competition, the American Bar Association Negotiation Regional Competition, and the National Trial Competition Regional.