Howard Law Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team Named National Trial Competition Regional Champions, Headed to Nationals
February 11, 2020 | Written by Howard University School of Law Communications Staff
For the first time in 20 years, the Howard University School of Law’s Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Moot Court Team has been named Regional Champions for the National Trial Competition. The team competed Feb. 6-9 against 22 other teams in the region at American University Washington College of Law, and beat the reigning national champions, Catholic University Columbus School of Law, in the final round. Howard Law and Drexel University Law School will represent the region at the National Competition in Dallas, Texas April 1-5.
Team member Alicia Frison, a 3L, was awarded Best Advocate for the competition.
“For me, the Best Advocate Award is the manifestation of all that I knew we could achieve,” said Frison. “It’s the manifestation of greatness. It’s the manifestation of pure hard work. And it is confirmation that the national title is ours to take this year.”
Frison will join team member Radarius Morrow, a 2L, in representing Howard Law nationally.
The teams were led by Coach Adam Hunter (J.D. ’08), who took over coaching duties from the team’s former coach, Brandi Harden, this academic year. Hunter was captain of the team in 2008 under Harden. The last time Howard Law won, Harden was one of the winning team members.
Howard Law’s win was no easy feat.
“National Trial Competition is the toughest trial competition in the country,” Hunter said. “The best teams across the entire country will compete against each other in Dallas. Our team went through five trials, over three days, arguing both as plaintiff and defense, and succeeded as one of two final teams to move on to nationals. Our region is well regarded as one of the toughest in the country.”
In large part, Hunter credits Harden’s “guidance, mentorship, and long-lasting legacy of excellence” for the team’s success. He also made one addition to the coaching sequence for this year's team: required reading of "Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America" by Gilbert King.
“It is not enough to just teach law students to become great lawyers,” Hunter said. “We also have to pass down the fervor and passion that Justice Marshall had for the law.”
This year’s team members’ effort deserves credit, too, on all levels.
“Our team winning the NTC Regional Championship means our team was recognized for all of the hard work our members put into preparing for this competition, and the ability they had to adapt and overcome,” said Team Captain Patricia Medina, a 3L. “Alicia, Radarius, and Joseph put in countless hours of practice and exemplified what it means to be a Howard-trained advocate. My teammates were perfection personified.”
Danielle Holley-Walker, dean of Howard University School of Law, is overjoyed about the win.
“The outstanding placements of our moot court teams demonstrate the academic excellence that defines Howard Law. I am proud of our students and their coaches. These wins are really a testimony to their dedication and hard work.”
Other team members who participated in the competition include the following 2L students: Rosalie Ebongo Bayehe, Joseph Borden, Amethyst Jefferson-Roberts, and Teneshia Jones.
“I am proud that I have a group of students [who] want to continue the legacy of social engineering,” Hunter said. “Our success was only made possible by those lawyers who paved a way for all of us.”
About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholar, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and more than 70 Fulbright Scholars. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.