For those sufficiently skillful and fortunate to be chosen for Saturday’s matches, it was a big day. The top sixteen teams squared off at 9:00am, followed by matches at 10:15am, 11:30am, and 1:00pm–with the last being the final.
The morning began much like a typical class day, with students pointedly not listening to Professor Yawn.
All were interested in the early rounds and the ability to watch some of the teams that the SHSU students had competed against yesterday. In the “sweet sixteen” round, the variance in speaker ability was still somewhat high. All the competitors were average or better, but there were teams in which one of the two teammates was clearly superior. By the “final four,” all the speakers were considerably above average.
During a lull between contests, all but one of the students took a quick tour of UNT Law. After a somewhat formal beginning…
…while some of the fun and interest was a bit staged…
The finals consisted of a team from Howard Payne University (HPU, Team 20) against a team from UNT (team 40). The competitors (Alexis Rickmer and Kristen DeWilde from UNT; Isaac Sommers and Rebeca Puente from HPU) were excellent, with Sommers and Rickmer turning in particularly impressive final performances.
Some 65 people watched the final round, a group that included interested observers, friends, former competitors (such as SHSU’s teams), and family. Even more impressive was the team of Judges, with former District Judge Royal Ferguson (currently Dean of UNT Law) as the Chief Justice. The final was held in the UNT Courtroom, a nice touch that added verisimilitude.
Alas, the finals were extraordinarily even, with our group leaning toward the UNT team as the winners. The judges thought otherwise, albeit by only a three-point margin! With that, HPU won the scrimmage championship.
Following the tournament, Dr. Kimi King gave the Tournament Director, Andrew Sommerman, an award in recognition of his efforts on behalf of TUMCA. Indeed, he is the founder of the American Undergraduate Moot Court Association.
The winners, too, were given awards for their excellent performances.
And even the SHSU students, both the moot court competitors…
…and the LEAP Ambassadors and prospective competitors….
It was a long morning and afternoon, but immensely educational. With the real tournament in two weeks, at Texas Tech, it was especially good to get feedback from judges and compare yourself to the competition. The competition was impressive, but we’ve made much progress, have laid a foundation for future tournaments, and we still have hope for our upcoming tournament in Lubbock!
Postscript: Top Twenty Performers
Conor McElroy 379.56 (out of 400 possible points)
Eryn Mascai 374.54
Matt Sayre 374.33
Isaac Sommers 373.7
Kristina Smith 373.33
Taylor Ledford 371.27
Alexis Rickmers 371.1
Rachel Reon 370.3
Reagan Williams 370.2
Myles Chaney 369.9
Mindy Vo 369.2
Kirsten Koschnick 369
Kris Harrison 368.9
Ian Klein 368.78
Justin Adofina 368.41
Rebekah Mercer 368.2
Karina Laigo 366.44
Emily Stewart 366.3
Bimbola Omsile 365.56
Julieta Hernandez 364.67