Phillip Smith (LSU Law ’16) was named the recipient of the 2018 Susan C. Kalinka Award for Advocacy Programs Coach of the Year at the Advocacy Programs Banquet on April 9.
Phillip, along with Adjunct Professor Dean Sutherland (2010 Kalinka Award recipient), coaches the Law Center’s John R. Brown National Admiralty Law Moot Court Competition team. This year, the team won the Admiralty competition and also took home the award for Best Brief, marking the Law Center’s third Admiralty win in four years.
Phillip was a member of the Admiralty team while in law school and was on two national championship teams himself — bringing home not only the two national championship cups, but also awards for best brief and for best individual oralist. He returned to work with Sutherland to continue the Admiralty team’s tradition of excellence. Phillip was nominated for the Kalinka Award by the Admiralty team members in recognition of his tireless dedication to the team’s success.
“The only thing better than having one fantastic coach is having two fantastic coaches. Since becoming the Admiralty Moot Court Team’s assistant coach in 2016, Phillip has gone out of his way to come to nearly every practice in order to help the team for countless hours. Phillip was a member of this team in law school and lends his knowledge of the competition environment as well as his knowledge of maritime law. From the team’s first meeting at the Chimes to the team’s last practice in the hotel after landing in Seattle, Phillip has been with the team every step of the way. Phillip’s guidance and insight have helped lead the admiralty team to success,” the nomination read.
Phillip is currently an associate at NeunerPate in Lafayette. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from the LSU Law Center in 2016.