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UGA captures 24th Florida / Georgia-Hulsey / Gambrell Moot Court trophy

In October, the School of Law defeated the University of Florida School of Law in the annual Florida / Georgia-Hulsey / Gambrell Moot Court Competition, traditionally held on the eve of the Georgia-Florida football game.

Representing UGA in the courtroom battle were third-year students Thomas Paris and Georgia Turner. This pair added to Georgia’s outstanding record of wins in this tournament, bringing the tally to 24-11-2.

Pictured above are third-year students Thomas Paris and Georgia Turner with the Florida / Georgia-Hulsey / Gambrell Moot Court Competition trophy.

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Third-year students Justin Van Orsdol (left), Adeline Kenerly Lambert (center) and Spencer Woody proudly show off their finalist trophy from the “best of the best” moot court contest held in February.

Students finish as finalists at “best of the best” tournament

Third-year students Adeline Kenerly Lambert, Justin C. Van Orsdol and Spencer D. Woody finished as national finalists in the prestigious Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship. The trio also won the best brief award.

This invitation-only tournament is reserved for the top 16 moot court programs from law schools across the country based on performances from the previous academic year.

UGA now has the best record at this national invitational with two championship, one finalist and two semifinalist performances since 2014.

School of Law named finalists at Mockingbird Challenge

Third-year students Hayley J. Hudler, William D. Ortiz and Spencer D. Woody – along with second-year student witnesses Anre D. Washington and Amelia K. Welch – finished as finalists in the 2019 Mockingbird Challenge.

This mock trial team defeated law school teams from around the nation including Villanova, Pacific McGeorge, South Texas, American University and Campbell University.

Negotiation teams finish as finalists in two national contests, boast three national titles in four years

School of Law negotiation teams continue to strongly represent UGA in competitions pitting our students against others from top law schools from across the nation. The law school boasts three national titles in the last four years in addition to top placements this academic year.

In April, third-year students Andrew J. “Andy” Klemm and Savannah B. Phinney competed in the first-ever virtual Transactional LawMeets Competition, which was originally scheduled to be held at the University of Denver. The pair, who earned the Best Draft Award, finished as first runner-up for their representation of a private equity buyer in a complex M&A transaction. They were assisted by third-year student Ethan J. Rode.

Clinical Professor & Business Law and Ethics Program Director Carol Morgan (J.D.’79) said having a negotiation competition with other remote teams and judges via Zoom was a learning experience in and of itself. “I am especially proud of these students for excelling in this competition,” she said.

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Third-year students Nora Brogan (left) and Cole McFerren were described as a “powerhouse” at the Duke Law Interscholastic Transactional Law Competition in February.

Earlier in the school year, third-year students Eleanor “Nora” Brogan and W. Coleman “Cole” McFerren placed second in the Duke Law Interscholastic Transactional Law Competition. They were scored on their drafting and negotiation skills on behalf of sellers in a complex stock purchase transaction. One judge described the pair as a “powerhouse.”

At the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition, second-year students Garrett Michael and Jenna Wojcicki were named co-champions, while second-year students Josh Fowler and Sadie Gibson finished as finalists.