University of Texas team members Constance Hankins Pfeiffer, Heather Fraley and Carol Funk beat Duke University in the final round of the 2004 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition. As the regional champions, the team will advance to the national competition in Chicago in early April. The team won best brief honors in addition to Constance Hankins Pfeiffer and Carol Funk ranking as first and second best oral advocates, respectively.
The team is coached by Don Cruse ('99), an assistant solicitor general at the Office of the Attorney General and a 1999 graduate of the Law School, and John Campbell ('02), an associate at McKool Smith. "A number of judges commented that the quality of the team members' advocacy was already at the highest level of the appellate bar," said Cruse. "There simply wasn't anything else that could have been asked of this team at what was a very tough regional. Iím proud of their hard work to advance to nationals."
The ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition is the largest and most prestigious moot court competition in the country. This year's topic involved the tension between free speech and national security in the wake of September 11th. The national finals will be held in Chicago from April 1st through the 3rd.