The University of Texas School of Law swept the Rocky Mountain Regional rounds of the 2009 Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition held in Denver, Colorado, February 4-7, 2009. UT Law entered two teams in this competition, and those teams took both first and second place in the region, won both brief awards and won the best speaker award. Team members Yasmeen Belal ('10) and Catherine Moran ('10) came home with the regional title and the award for the best respondent's brief. Regional runners-up Raffaela Belizaire ('09) and Patrick Fasoro ('09) won the award for best petitioner's brief, with Fasoro also taking the Best Oral Advocate award. Both teams will advance to the national competition to be held in Irvine, California, March 18th-22nd.
The Frederick Douglass teams are coached by Kameron Johnson ('92), a juvenile public defender for Travis County. Johnson has been with the Frederick Douglass Moot Court teams for many years and has coached UT students to both regional and national championships during his tenure.
Founded in 1968, the National Black Law Students Association has been sponsoring the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition for almost 35 years. Students from law schools across the nation compete in the six regional competitions to determine which teams will advance. The national competition is held in conjunction with NBLSA's Annual Convention. This year's convention theme is "One Vision. One Purpose. One Goal."
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