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The University of Texas School of Law Wins
2011 Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition

The University of Texas brought home the National Championship in the 2011 Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition. UT Law team members, Anthony Arguijo ('11), Sergio Davila ('11), and Omar Ochoa ('11), beat Arizona State University in the final round of the competition to win the championship. The team also won the award for best respondent's brief.

The Uvaldo Herrera moot court team is coached by Shalla Santos ('06), Staff Attorney for Justice Bob Pemberton, Third Court of Appeals. This is the second time Santos has coached the team to a national championship. As a law student, she won a national championship in 2006 Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court competition.

Hosted by the Hispanic National Bar Association, the competition was held March 9th-12th in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year's problem involved an immigration and equal protection case based on Flores-Villar v. United States (currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court). The issues were whether a statute governing conferral of citizenship that contains more stringent requirements for unmarried citizen fathers than unmarried citizen mothers violates equal protection, and whether the Supreme Court can remedy any such violation by granting citizenship.

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