National Pretrial Advocacy Competition Champs (l-r) Pace, Handy, Crocker and Miller. Photo courtesy of Stetson Law.

Law Students Capture National Pretrial Competition Title

Two members of Texas Tech’s team also earned top individual honors at the Stetson Law event.

The Texas Tech University School of Law won the championship Sunday at Stetson University College of Law’s Seventh Annual National Pretrial Competition in Gulfport, Florida.

Robert Sherwin, an assistant professor in the Texas Tech School of Law and the director of the advocacy programs, said this is the program’s 32nd championship in national or international competitions. Stetson Law’s competition simulates a three-hour federal court pretrial evidentiary hearing focusing on skills involved in brief writing, moot court-style oral arguments and mock trial-style witness examination.

“I truly believe this is one of the hardest, if not the hardest, advocacy competitions to win because it involves so many different skills and has so many moving parts,” Sherwin said. “Students can’t be good at just one thing. They have to be well-rounded in essentially every advocacy skill, and our consistent success at this competition over the years proves how well-rounded our students are.”

Texas Tech Law lost in the championship round in last year’s competition and has reached the semifinals in four of the last five years.