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Parker Straus Volunteers at State Moot Court Competition

Parker Straus, LLP Volunteers at State Moot Court Competition

June 15, 2016, Fort Worth

On June 14th and June 15th, four of our Associate Attorneys from our Fort Worth office volunteered to judge the preliminary rounds of the State Moot Court Competition. The State Moot Court Competition is open to all ABA-accredited law schools in Texas and held in connection with the State Bar Annual Meeting. The Texas Supreme Court or the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals presides over the final round (depending on whether it is a civil or criminal problem).This year’s problem was a civil cause before the Texas Supreme Court; you can find the problem here http://www.tyla.org/tyla/assets/File/2016%20SMC%20Problem.pdf). The problem was inspired by Justice Willett, Justice Lehrmann, and Justice Devine’s dissent to the denial of the petition for review in El-Ali v. State, 428 S.W.3d 824, 825 (Tex. 2014).

Each year the Texas Young Lawyers Association, or TYLA, host the event in conjunction with the State Bar Annual Meeting. TYLA is commonly referred to as the "public service arm" of the State Bar of Texas. TYLA's primary purposes are to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. TYLA's programs often offer information to members of the general public about a legal topic; other projects are designed to assist Texas lawyers in developing and maintaining their legal practices. Still others are directed toward underserved members of our community, including the homeless, the elderly, and members of our military.

TYLA reached out to Parker Straus, LLP due to their need for judges for the preliminary rounds of the event and we were more than happy to oblige. On June 14th, two of our Associate Attorneys, Carley S. Amyx and Saren E. Williams, judged Preliminary Round 1 and Preliminary Round 2 of the competition. Additionally, two more of our Associate Attorneys, Anthony C. Eichler and F. Terrell Fenner, judged Preliminary Round 7 of the event.

Congratulations to all those who competed in the Preliminary Rounds, and we wish those who have advanced to the Final Rounds luck.

To learn more about TYLA and the National Trial Competition, please visit TYLA’s website.