The University of Texas will light the Tower on Wednesday, April 29th, in honor of the 2009 National Championship won by the Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court team. This is the twelfth national championship UT Law has won in the last ten years.
UT Law's Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court 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 Hispanic National 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. Although this was her first year coaching, this will be her second tower lighting.
This year's 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.
In addition to the national championships, UT teams also brought home regional championships this year in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition and the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. In the Frederick Douglass competition, UT teams swept the regional competitions and won both best brief and best advocate awards.
This is eighth time The University has held a Tower lighting in recognition of the Law School teams' outstanding academic achievements. Previous lightings were for the 1999 National Mock Trial championship team, 2000 Tournament of Champions Mock Trial national championship team, the 2002 Frederick Douglass Moot Court national championship team, the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court national championship teams, the 2005 ABA Arbitration competition national championship team, and the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court national championship teams.