SPECIAL NOTE: HISTORY 4101 - MOOT COURT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION ON MYMAV FOR THE FALL 2014 SEMESTER. THE COURSE WILL MEET ON TUESDAY AFTERNOONS, AND THERE ARE TWENTY ENROLLMENT SLOTS. STUDENTS ENROLLED IN HISTORY 4101 WILL RECEIVE PRIORITY ON PRE-LAW CENTER-SUPPORTED TRIPS TO SCRIMMAGES AND COMPETITIONS.
Moot Court research and argument allows students to develop skills in courtroom advocacy. For students aiming to become litigators, prosecutors, or defense attorneys, this provides great practice. Many law schools (for example Texas Tech School of Law) place special emphasis on Moot Court.
For decades, the UT Arlington Moot Court team has participated successfully in regional, national, and international contests — often besting law school teams. Our legendary Moot Court Director, Dr. Charles Knerr, passed away in 2011. Interim Moot Court Faculty Advisor Dr. Joseph Ignagni, of the Department of Political Science, assisted the team in 2011-2012.
The team's current advisor is Dr. Oliver Bateman. Dr. Bateman joined the UT-Arlington faculty after completing his Ph.D. in legal history at the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law, and is a specialist in law and education, Atlantic history, and comparative law. Along with volunteer attorneys from local corporations and law firms, Dr. Bateman assists Moot Court team members as they research cases, write briefs, and practice oral arguments for Moot Court contests. If you're interested in joining the team, please e-mail Dr. Bateman at firstname.lastname@example.org or team president Bhavik Patel at email@example.com.
2012-2013 SEASON IN REVIEW
In October 2012, two teams from UTA (consisting entirely of first-time Moot Court participants) competed in a standalone event at the South Texas College of Law. Jaclyn Sugg and Bhavik Patel advanced to the Round of 16, where they lost by a narrow margin to a team from Texas Christian University. Sugg was named one of the "top orators" at the event, with Patel, Danielle Garcia, and David Marrufo also turning in strong performances. Along with new members Carolyn Ruiz (currently attending Harvard Law School) and Davinder Jassal, Marrufo and Patel thereafter participated in a nationals qualifying meet at Texas Tech School of Law that took place in mid-November 2012. Marrufo and Patel bettered their individual scores from the South Texas meet, and Ruiz and Jassal advanced to the Round of 16. Jassal, Patel, and first-time participants Mark Cantrell, Andre Raymond, Trae'Vorris Canady and Jacob Surratt completed the Moot Court season with a Spring 2013 scrimmage at Texas Wesleyan University.
The spring 2013 UTA Moot Court team (left to right): Jacob Surratt, Trae'Vorris Canady, Mark Cantrell, Andre Raymond, and faculty advisor Dr. Oliver Lee Bateman.
Davinder Jassal (left) and Andre Raymond competed together at the Texas Wesleyan School of Law's spring 2013 scrimmage.
Trae'Vorris Canady (left) and Mark Cantrell joined the Moot Court team in spring 2013.
Jaclyn Sugg (left) was named one of the "top orators" at the South Texas College of Law's Fall 2012 Undergraduate Moot Court competition. Noted Texas trial attorney, UTA alumnus, and American Collegiate Moot Court Association co-founder Andrew Sommerman is on the far right.
Davinder Jassal, Carolyn Ruiz, Bhavik Patel, and David Marrufo represented UTA at the Texas Tech School of Law's Fall 2012 undergraduate moot court competition. Ruiz (now a 1L at Harvard Law School) and Jassal advanced to the Round of 16, and Patel and Marrufo bettered their individual scores from the earlier South Texas meet.
2013-2014 SEASON IN REVIEW
In Fall 2013, the Pre-Law Center sent 9 students to Long Beach State University to compete in a national qualifying meet. The cost of the trip for the students was underwritten by a generous donation from alumnus Andrew Sommerman, whose support and guidance has been instrumental in relaunching Texas-Arlington's Moot Court program. Although no students advanced to the nationals in this extremely rigorous event--considered by many to be the most difficult regional in the nation--nearly all of the students saw their scores improve from round to round. Davinder Jassal, a returning student from the 2012-2013 Moot Court team, posted a record of 6-1-2 in head-to-head competition against experienced competition. While in the Los Angeles area, the students toured Venice (Muscle) Beach, Rodeo Drive, Mulholland Drive, and Hollywood. Also during the Fall 2013 semester, Moot Court team member Gregory Will, a former Sergeant in the US Air Force, founded the UTA Pre-Law Society, a law-related social fraternity for which Dr. Bateman also serves as advisor. Inquiries about Pre-Law Society events should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bhavik Patel (left) and Davinder Jassal (right) discuss the 2013-2014 American Collegiate Moot Court case problem.
Moot Court team members Gabriel Alonso (left), Jacob Surratt (center), and 2013-2015 Goolsby Scholar Mark Cantrell (right) enjoy a relaxing breakfast before the Long Beach State Invitational Tournament later that afternoon.
The Moot Court team also toured various Los Angeles sites, including Venice Beach. Left to right: Andre Raymond, Mark Cantrell, Davinder Jassal, Angela Coward, Miriam Garza, Bhavik Patel, Jacob Surratt, Christian Nisttahuz, and Gabriel Alonso.
Jacob Surratt, Mark Cantrell, and Angela Coward wanted to express their thanks to alumnus Andrew Sommerman for subsidizing the cost of their trip to Los Angeles.
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