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April 3, 2009

UT Law wins National Championship in 2009 Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition

The University of Texas School of Law won this year’s National Championship in the Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Competition. UT team members Cassandra Cuellar, ’10; Belinda Garcia, ’10; and 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 5–7, 2009, 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 John Ashcroft.

The Hispanic National Bar Association was founded nearly thirty 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.

Related links:

UT Law Trial Advocacy

Hispanic National Bar Association

UT Law wins 2006 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition national title


Cheryl Brandt, Advocacy Programs, UT Law, (512) 232-1257,