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Students excel at Invitational Moot Court Tournament

Two moot court teams from LU competed October 20 and 21 at University of Texas-Arlington Moot Court Tournament and received several individual and team awards.

The two LU teams (one comprised of Vidor senior Robert Root and Beaumont senior Siara Dodds, the other of Nederland senior Ryan Sherer and Bridge City junior Emily Lawrence) advanced to the tournament elimination rounds, ranking 8th and 13th out of 24, respectively.

Dodds was ranked 12th best overall speaker missing the top ten threshold by half a point.

“I'm proud of how much the Lamar Moot Court team has progressed year after year, and I hope it continues to do so when I graduate. Robert Root and I were a team and placing in the Top 10 definitely sent a surge of pride through me,” said Dodds.

The tournament marked the first time a Lamar team placed in the Top 10 in moot court competition.

The teams are coached and sponsored by Craig Tahaney, instructor of political science.

“Both teams did exceptionally well and I am looking forward to an even better showing at the regional moot court tournament that will be held at Texas A&M School of Law on November 4 and 5,” said Tahaney.

Moot court is a competition in which undergraduate students engage in simulated legal argument before a hypothetical appellate court reviewing a fictitious case. Students draw on a limited number of actual appellate court decisions to support their arguments in a three-round competition structure.

For more information contact Tahaney at (409) 880-8528 or