For the second year in a row, The University of Texas School of Law won the regional championship at this year's National Appellate Advocacy Competition held February 25th-28th in San Francisco. Team members Kaitlin Farrell ('10), Will Hailey ('10) and Michael Ritter ('10) beat the University of California-Davis in the final round to take the regional title. The team will advance to the national rounds next month in Chicago. In addition, Hailey was named Best Advocate in the regional competition with Farrell close behind in third place out of nearly 70 competitors. Kaitlin Farrell was also a member of the 2009 Regional Championship team.
The National Appellate Advocacy Competition teams are coached by Gretchen Sween ('03), an Associate with Dechert, LLP, and a member of the University of Texas School of Law faculty. As a UT Law student, Sween was both a regional champion and national finalist in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition, as well as a recipient of the Niemann Cup, UT Law's highest award in advocacy.
Sponsored by the American Bar Association, the National Appellate Advocacy Competition is a large and prestigious moot court competition. Simulating a U.S. Supreme Court oral argument, the NAAC includes over 100 law schools competing nationwide in six different regions.
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