TU College of Law Board of Advocates Qualifies for ABA Negotiations National Finals

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Published on 11/21/07

Two Board of Advocates teams from The University of Tulsa College of Law are now preparing to compete at the national finals.

The two teams of third-year law students received invitations this week to the American Bar Association Negotiations National Finals in Los Angeles after finishing first and third respectively at the ABA Regional Negotiations Competition the law school hosted the weekend of Nov. 3.

The team of Gil Pilkington (Tulsa, Okla.) and Michon Hughes (Tulsa, Okla.) won first place at the competition, which featured 24 teams representing 12 law schools from Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Kansas.

"Michon and I trust each other and work very well together," said Pilkington, president of TU’s Board of Advocates. "Qualifying for nationals was always one of our goals and there is more we’d like to accomplish at the competition in Los Angeles."

The team of Linda Hem (Dallas, Texas) and Corey Rogers (Georgetown, Texas) tied for second place, but finished third by virtue of the tiebreaker.

By winning the regional championship, Pilkington and Hughes received a guaranteed invitation to the national finals in February. The third-place finish for Hem and Rogers earned them one of four at-large bids to the 24-team national competition.

The students said they were especially proud to have two teams place at a competition that boasted strong competition, including the University of Oklahoma School of Law, the University of Texas School of Law and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University.

"When we interact and compete with students from other law schools, TU law students always prove our skills and education can challenge, and even beat the highest caliber law students in the country," said Rogers.

The negotiations teams are coached by Kent Francy, an adjunct faculty member at the law school, and Stephanie Milbourn, a law school alumna and former TU Board of Advocates competitor.

The Board of Advocates is a student organization at the TU College of Law designed to promote the development of practical skills in oral and written advocacy through intramural and intercollegiate competition in a courtroom environment.