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Texas Tech University School of Law Wins National Moot Court Competition

New York, February 16, 2016 – Texas Tech University School of Law won the final round of the 66th Annual National Moot Court Competition held February 12th at the New York City Bar Association. The winning team was comprised of Kristen Vanderplas, C.J. Baker, and Shelby Hall and coached by Rob Sherwin. Georgetown University Law Center was the runner-up, with a team comprised of Kyle Crawford, Anna Deffebach, and Stephen Petkis and coached by Ani-Rae Lovell.

Best Brief honors went to Texas Tech University School of Law, with Runner-Up Best Brief awarded to William Mitchell School of Law (Paige Fishman, Bryan Jarvis, and Keriann Riehle).

Best Individual Speaker went to Kyle Crawford of Georgetown University Law Center, with Runner-Up Best Individual Speaker going to Anna Deffebach, also of Georgetown University Law Center.

The final round was judged by Hon. Susan L. Carney, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York; Hon. Rolando T. Acosta, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department; Hon. Judith J. Gische New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department; Hon. Michael Sonberg, New York State Supreme Court, Criminal Term; Debra L. Raskin, President, New York City Bar Association; and Michael W. Smith, President, American College of Trial Lawyers.

This year’s problem addressed the contours of the “personal benefit” requirement for insider trading liability as well as the standard for admissibility of grand jury testimony in subsequent criminal proceedings.

The final argument was the culmination of more than six months of preparation and arguments by more than 158 teams from 113 law schools across the country. The top two teams from each of the 15 regional competitions advanced to the February final rounds.

The Competition is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the National Moot Court Competition Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Photos available upon request.