2014-2015 Photo Gallery

John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition "Purple" Team
John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition "Purple" Team
Coach Dean Sutherland, and "Purple Team" members Phillip Smith, Alexandra Porubsky, & Ahmed Mohamed

Congratulations to the LSU Law Center's Judge John R. Brown National Admiralty Law Moot Court Competition "Purple" team, who won First Place and were named National Champions of the Admiralty competition, which was held March 19-21, 2015 in Charleston, SC. The team also won the Maritime Law Association of the United States Award for the Best Brief in the competition. Team member Phillip Smith won the Best Oral Advocate Award in the Championship Round and placed fourth overall for Best Oral Advocate of the competition generally. The team went undefeated in every single round of the competition. The Law Center's "Gold" team also performed exceptionally well at the competition, taking home a Quarterfinalist award as one of the top eight teams at the competition Adjunct Professor Dean Sutherland (LSU Law '75) of Jeansonne & Remondet, L.L.C coaches the Law Center's Admiralty teams.
John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition "Gold" Team
John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition "Gold" Team
"Gold Team" members Markel Guidry, Stephanie Lott, & G. Austin Love

Congratulations to the LSU Law Center's Judge John R. Brown National Admiralty Law Moot Court Competition "Purple" team, who won First Place and were named National Champions of the Admiralty competition, which was held March 19-21, 2015 in Charleston, SC. The team also won the Maritime Law Association of the United States Award for the Best Brief in the competition. Team member Phillip Smith won the Best Oral Advocate Award in the Championship Round and placed fourth overall for Best Oral Advocate of the competition generally. The team went undefeated in every single round of the competition. The Law Center's "Gold" team also performed exceptionally well at the competition, taking home a Quarterfinalist award as one of the top eight teams at the competition Adjunct Professor Dean Sutherland (LSU Law '75) of Jeansonne & Remondet, L.L.C coaches the Law Center's Admiralty teams.
2014 Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition
2014 Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition
Mary Margaret Peebles & Stephen Stanford, winners of the 2014 Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition

Thirty-three teams of second-year law students competed in the 2014 Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition. Students Peebles and Stanford narrowly defeated students Phillip Smith and Parish Tillman in the final round. This year's Tullis Competition case file dealt with the applicability of the Americans With Disabilities Act during police arrests and whether the First Amendment prohibits a public school from holding its graduation ceremonies in a church. A tradition at the Law Center since the 1930s, the Tullis Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the Moot Court Board, is the annual appellate intra-school competition for second-year law students at LSU that determines the members of the following year's Moot Court Board. Teams consists of two students who write an appellate brief and argue the case before a panel of judges.
Lefkowitz Trademark Law Moot Court Team
Lefkowitz Trademark Law Moot Court Team
Elisabeth LeBlanc, Connor Junkin, & Anne Kathryn Hunter

Congratulations to the Law Center's Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition team, who won First Place at the regional rounds of the Lefkowitz Competition, which were held February 4, 2015 in Dallas, TX. The LSU team also took home an award for First Place Best Brief. The Lefkowitz Competition is sponsored by the International Trademark Association, and exposes students to cutting-edge issues in trademark and unfair competition law. The team competed as one of the top ten teams in the United States in the National Finals of the Lefkowitz Competition, which were held March 14, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Professor Lee Ann Lockridge coaches the team.
Saluki Invitational Jury Trial Competition Team
Saluki Invitational Jury Trial Competition Team
Robert Ross, Sarah Massoud, Vivian Jeansonne, Lance Neyland, Angelina Valuri, coach Lindsay Blouin, Dan Farris

The Law Center's Saluki Invitational Jury Trial Competition team tied for first place at the Saluki Invitational Jury Trial Competition, which was held October 23-25, 2014 at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, IL. Team member Dan Farris also took home the competition's Best Oralist award. The Saluki Competition required students to conduct a full voir dire of a real jury, and then present an entire criminal case to the jury, who ultimately rendered a verdict. Ms. Lindsay Blouin (LSU Law '12) of the East Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office coaches the team.
National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition Team
National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition Team
Coach Karen Blakemore, Megan Hebert, Joseph LeBeau, and Hannah Grantham

Congratulations to Joseph LeBeau of the Law Center's National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition team, who was recognized as the Best Overall Oralist at this year's competition! Mr. LeBeau was selected by the judges of the competition as best oralist from the over 150 law students from 62 different law schools who competed in the preliminary rounds competition. Ms. Karen Blakemore (LSU Law '07) of Phelps Dunbar LLP coached the team.
ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition Team
ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition Team
Sinnott Martin, Etienne René, Ben Aguiñaga, Kate Troyer, Jasmine Brown, & Courtenay Simmons

The Law Center's ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition "Purple" team of Aguiñaga, Troyer, and Martin advanced to the semifinal round of the St. Louis regional rounds of the competition, which were held March 4-8, 2015. Aguiñaga also received an award for Best Overall Oralist in the preliminary rounds of the competition, and the team was recognized for having the Fourth Place Best Brief. The Law Center's "Gold" team of Brown, René, and Simmons also fared well at the competition. The ABA NAAC is one of the largest moot court competitions in the United States, with teams from almost every U.S. law school participating in one of six regional rounds. Professor Kathy Simino coached the ABA NAAC teams.
Fall 2014 Flory Trial Competition
Fall 2014 Flory Trial Competition
Courtney Frazier & Dominique Boykins, winners of the Fall 2014 Ira S. Flory Trial Competition

Thirty-two teams of second and third-year students competed in this year's Fall Flory Trial Competition. Third-year students Frazier and Boykins ultimately prevailed at trial in the final round, defeating students Jerry Lassalle and Chris Seemann. This year's criminal trial was a hotly contested murder case, in which the defendant was arguing that the killing was done in self-defense. Named in honor of the late professor of the Law Center, the Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition is sponsored by the Trial Advocacy Board. A Flory Trial is held each semester; the fall Flory trial is traditionally a criminal case, while the spring Flory trial is a civil case.
Ruby Vale Corporate Law Moot Court Team
Ruby Vale Corporate Law Moot Court Team
Catherine Breaux, Christopher Vitenas, & Kelsey Clark

The LSU Law Center's Ruby R. Vale Corporate Law Moot Court Competition team placed as one of the top four teams nationally at the Ruby Vale competition, which was held March 12-15, 2015 in Wilmington, Delaware. The Ruby Vale team was ranked as the #2 seed following preliminary rounds, and advanced through to the semifinals of the national competition. Professor Glenn Morris coached the team.
Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Team
Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Team
David Belk, Elizabeth Warner, Michelle Luong & coach Chad Ikerd

The John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition team advanced to the octofinal rounds of the competition, which were held in Newark, NJ March 20-21, 2015. Belk was recognized as the 2nd Place Best Oral Advocate of the competition, which included 42 teams and over 100 competitors. Mr. Chad Ikerd (LSU Law '11), of the 15th Judicial District Public Defender's Office, coached the team.
Federal Bar Moot Court Competition Team
Federal Bar Moot Court Competition Team
Sean Aiello & Miesha Dunn

The Law Center's Federal Bar Thurgood Marshall team placed among the top sixteen teams in the United States, which was held in Washington, D.C. March 25-27, 2015. The Thurgood Marshall competition is sponsored by the Federal Bar Association, and student competitors argue their case at the many courthouses within the District of Columbia, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the United States Court of Federal Claims. Ms. Lykisha Vaughan (LSU Law '12), of the Law Office of Lykisha R. Vaughan LLC, coached the team.
National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition Team
National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition Team
Adam Boyer, Stuart Theriot, Jarrett Cook, Dakota Chenevert, Kirbie Watson, Ashley Plunkett, Casey Pickell, and Eric Landry

The Law Center sent three teams to the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, which was held March 12-14 in Morgantown, WV. The team of Theriot and Pickell advanced as one of the top sixteen teams in the nation at the Energy Competition. Ms. Karen Blakemore (LSU Law '07), of Phelps Dunbar LLP, coached the teams.
National Moot Court Competition Team
National Moot Court Competition Team
Kirbie Watson, Ross Sims, and Mary Tate

The Law Center's National Moot Court Competition team competed at the Region 6 regional rounds of the National Moot Court Competition, which were held November 7-9, 2014 in Birmingham, AL. The National Moot Court Competition is sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and is one of the oldest and largest moot court competitions in the nation. Professor John Devlin coached the team.
Spring 2015 Flory Trial Competition
Spring 2015 Flory Trial Competition
Chris Seemann & Angelina Valuri, winners of the Spring 2015 Ira S. Flory Trial Competition

This spring's Flory Trial Competition had students trying full trials in a medical malpractice case. Students Seemann and Valuri defeated Matthew Carpenter and Cody Grosshart in the final round. Twelve teams of second and third year students participated in the Spring Flory Trial Competition.
National Pretrial Competition Team
National Pretrial Competition Team
Scott Ogden, Ben Aguiñaga, Alexandra Porubsky, Ahmed Mohamed

The Law Center's National Pretrial Competition team placed sixth overall and won fourth place best defense brief at their competition, which was held October 16-19, 2014 at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, FL. The Pretrial team writes a brief in support of a pre-trial motion (this year's case file dealt with the need for additional discovery in a Fair Labor Standards Act case). They argued the motion and then held a supplementary evidentiary hearing in support of the motion. The LSU team performed extremely well in the preliminary rounds; the team missed advancing to the semifinals of the competition by less than one-tenth of one point. Professor Jeffrey Brooks coached the team.
ABA Labor and Employment Trial Competition
ABA Labor and Employment Trial Competition
Jerry Lassalle, Contessa Monroe, Stephen Stanford, Lauren Duncan, Philip Hunter, Ashley Wilson, Albert Adams, and Colin Hotard

The Law Center's American Bar Association Labor and Employment Trial Competition team competed at the Southern regional rounds of the ABA Labor & Employment Section's trial competition, which were held November 2-3 in Miami, FL. Mr. Doran Drummond, (LSU Law '14), of Keogh, Cox & Wilson, Ltd., coached the team.
2015 Chancellor's Cup Senior Appellate Challenge
2015 Chancellor's Cup Senior Appellate Challenge
Benjamin Aguiñaga, winner of the 2015 Chancellor's Cup Senior Appellate Challenge, with final round judges Judge Shelley D. Dick, Judge Richard L. Bourgeois, and Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr.

Twelve graduating third-year students participated in the Law Center's newest competition, the Chancellor's Cup Senior Appellate Challenge. Third-year student Aguiñaga prevailed over fellow third-year Alexier Barbour in the closely-fought final round and took home the Chancellor's Cup. This grueling competition simulates oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in a series of currently-pending Supreme Court cases; students prepare their oral arguments from the real briefs submitted by the parties in each case, and are given just one week to prepare each successive case.
Kelly Invitational Trial Competition Team
Kelly Invitational Trial Competition Team
Brad Cranmer, coach Brant Mayer, and Alexier Barbour

The Law Center's Kelly Invitational Trial Competition team was one of sixteen teams invited to compete at the Kelly Competition, which was held at the US District Court for the Southern District of New York from October 25-26, 2014. Mr. Brant Mayer (LSU Law '14) coached the team.
Wagner Labor and Employment Moot Court Team
Wagner Labor and Employment Moot Court Team
Reyna Lubin and Chassidy Guidry

The Law Center's Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition team competed at the Wagner Competition's national rounds, which were held at New York Law School in New York, NY from March 18-22, 2015. The team was coached by the LSU Law Moot Court Board.
NBLSA Thurgood Marshall Trial Competition Team
NBLSA Thurgood Marshall Trial Competition Team
Damion Jack, Tiffany Bush, Elizabeth Warner, and Kiara Taite

The Law Center's National Black Law Students Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition team competed at the Southern Regional rounds of the competition, which were held January 21-22, 2015 in Columbia, SC. The team was coached by the LSU Law Trial Advocacy Board.
2015 LSU Arbitration Competition
2015 LSU Arbitration Competition
ReAzalia Allen & Ben Treuting, winners of the 2015 LSU Arbitration Competition

The LSU Arbitration Competition provides students a chance to experience the alternative dispute resolution process. Eight teams of second and third-year students presented their clients' claims in a medical treatment and compensation dispute to panels of skilled arbitrators. Allen and Treuting ultimately prevailed in the closely-fought final round over Matthew Roth and Genevieve Leslie.
Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Team
Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Team
Briana Drescher, Charlotte Goudeau, and Fahreta Muminovic

The Law Center's Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team competed in the American Midwest rounds of the international competition, which were held February 20-23, 2015, in Chicago, IL. Professor Jeffrey Brooks coached the team.
Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Team
Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Team
Stephen Stanford and Meredith Soniat

The Law Center's Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team competed in the American Midwest rounds of the international competition, which were held February 20-23, 2015, in Chicago, IL. Professor Jeffrey Brooks coached the team.
AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition Team
AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition Team
Phillip Prejean, Carmen Liriano, Rachel Stafford, and John Mineo

The Law Center's American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition team competed at the Southern regional rounds of the competition, which were held March 13-18, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. Professor Jeffrey Brooks and Andrew Rebennack, the Trial Advocacy Board President, coached the team.
Costello Criminal Trial Invitational Competition Team
Costello Criminal Trial Invitational Competition Team
Stephen Stanford, Annissa Alario, Lance Neyland, coach Lindsay Blouin, Dan Farris, Deanna Wallace, and Bryce Cohen

The Law Center fielded two of sixteen defense teams invited to the Costello national invitational competition, which was held February 5-8, 2015 at the Fairfax County Judicial Center in Fairfax, VA. Ms. Lindsay Blouin (LSU Law '12), of the East Baton Rouge Public Defender's Office, coached the Costello teams.
2014 Opening Statement Competition
2014 Opening Statement Competition
Mallory Richard & Angelina Valuri, winners of the Fall 2014 Opening Statement Competition

The Opening Statement Competition is an intra-school competition exclusively for second-year students. It is designed as an introduction to courtroom advocacy skills. Students prepare and present a short opening statement in a criminal trial to members of the Trial Advocacy Board, who provide extensive feedback and critique. The top ten competitors then present their openings to a panel of local attorneys, who select the best openings for the prosecution and defense.