The University of Texas won this year's National Championship in the Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition. The UT team members, Cassandra Cuellar ('10), Belinda Garcia ('10) & Rudy Segura ('09), beat Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) in the final round of the competition bringing home the national title. In addition, Rudy Segura won the award for best speaker.
The HNBA Moot Court team is coached by Shalla Santos ('06), an associate at Allensworth & Porter, L.L.P. As a UT Law student, Santos was a member of the 2006 Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court national championship team. This was her first year coaching.
This year's HNBA Moot Court Competition was held March 5th-7th in Miami, Florida, and included thirty-two teams from across the country. The problem was based on a currently pending Supreme Court case challenging certain rulings of former Attorney General Ashcroft.
The Hispanic National Bar Association was founded approximately 30 years ago and currently represents the interests of over 100,000 legal professionals and students. Each spring the HNBA hosts the annual moot court competition during its Mid-Year Conference.