The Law Center continues to support achievement in advocacy skills for students. This support garnered two coveted national awards this past academic year.
In February students Mindy Heidel, Tori Sherer and Megan Terrell placed second in the nation at the Pace University National Environmental Moot Court Competition held at the Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. The teams were coached by Professor Kenneth Murchison and LSU Law alumnus Charles Ellis of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson. The competition is sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources and the Environmental Law Institute.
For the first time, the Law Center competed in the 2004 National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, co-sponsored by The John Marshall Law School and the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association. Professor Todd Bruno and LSU Law Alumnus Jeff Traylor of the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s office, coached students Michael Smith, Julie Hayes Kilborn, Christine Mire and Tim Fondren to the competition finals. In the semifinal round, the LSU team defeated Georgetown University. In the final round, the team was narrowly defeated by returning finalists, Harvard Law School, and brought home honors of placing second in the nation. One team member, Christine Mire, received one of only two individual awards given at the tournament, the – Best Cross Examination Award, – surpassing competitors from twenty law schools.