STCL Houston Wins National and Regional Championships in Advocacy and Transactional Law in One Weekend
South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston) teams brought home a national and a regional championship – in advocacy and transactional law, respectively – last weekend alone.
STCL Houston again defended its title as the best advocacy law school in the United States with its unprecedented 129th national advocacy championship win at the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition in St. Paul, Minn. last weekend.
No other law school in the country can claim half as many wins.
The team of Will Haacker, Niloufar Hafizi, and Nathalie Kalombo went undefeated en route to a sweep of the University of Oklahoma in the final round at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. In addition to taking the top prize, the students also earned the Best Team Award and the Best Brief Award, and Hafizi won the Best Speaker Award.
Moot court competitions simulate appellate court proceedings with students working in teams to answer questions directly from a panel of judges.
“The South Texas advocacy motto is ‘hard work wins championships,’” said Haacker, a third-year student at STCL Houston. “It starts with our excellent professors, continues with Dean [T. Gerald] Treece and [Assistant Director of Advocacy] Rob Galloway who push us every day, and ends with the former advocates who selflessly spend their free time to continue this tradition.”
The previous weekend, STCL Houston’s advocacy team won both Best Brief Awards at the William & Mary National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition in Williamsburg, Va., where students Meredith Clark and Anthony Osso were named semi-finalists.
Also last weekend, STCL Houston students Jessica Rodriguez, Mildred Scott, and Carlo Varela were named regional six champions at the Transactional LawMeets Competition at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, Colo. This transactional law team, representing the seller’s side, negotiated the $2 billion sale of a fictional American manufacturing software company to a Chinese investment fund.
As part of the transaction, the team edited a 52-page draft of a standard-form stock contribution agreement to reflect the parties’ executed letter of intent, and proposed edits to the draft of a competing buyer’s team. As regional finalists, the STCL Houston team will advance to the national competition on April 6 at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
Other law schools participating in the regional competition included the University of Arizona, the University of Michigan, the University of Missouri, Duke University, Brooklyn Law School, the University of San Diego, the University of Kansas, the University of Washington, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the University of South Dakota, and the University of Louisville.
“This may be the hardest working team I have coached,” said W. David East, professor and director of the STCL Houston Transactional Practice Center. “They certainly deserved the win.”