MLK Civil Rights Trial Competition Draws Top Teams to Sacramento

UC Davis Law hosted the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Trial Competition, held Oct. 14-16 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in Sacramento.

The tournament drew exceptional student advocates from 18 schools from across the country, including USC, Duke, Florida State, Stetson, and Fordham University. Top honors were ultimately claimed by Stetson in a close final round victory against USC.

King Hall Teams Shine in Regional Negotiations Competition

Congratulations to the 2L teams of Mitra Purpur and Raquel Rodriguez-Walmisley and Jessica Shyong and Emily McAtee, who competed in the ABA Regional Negotiations Competition, held Oct. 21-22 at the University of Colorado School of Law.

Purpur and Rodriguez-Walmisley won praise from the judges for their rapport building, teamwork and flexibility and earned the sixth-highest score. McAtee and Shyong won their head-to-head competition in the regional finals and will compete at the national competition in February 2023 in Chicago.

Annual 1L Negotiations Competition Draws 32 Teams

The King Hall Negotiations Team hosted 32 teams in the 11th annual 1L Negotiations Competition, held in King Hall on Oct. 1.

Congratulations to the winning teams, Mark Lerner and Sinporian Phuong, and Morgen Hopson and Hannah Thomas, and to the finalist teams, Isha Sharma and Hsing Yi Fu and Libby Arford and Jiayu Fang.

Thanks to the KHNT judges and to faculty advisor Professor Donna Shestowsky.

Five Students from Class of 2024 Win CEB Writing Awards

Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) presented its annual awards for outstanding 1L Legal Research and Writing briefs during a Sept. 19 ceremony at King Hall. Five members of the Class of 2024 were recognized for briefs written during the previous academic year. 

Jennifer Pemberton received the first-place award and $2,000. Dorothy Wu placed second and received $1,500. Kathleen Rao, Garrett Vena and Kathryn Parsons placed third, fourth and fifth, and received $750, $500 and $250, respectively. 

Kylie Chan '23 Honored as Outstanding Externship Student from King Hall

Congratulations to Kylie Chan ’23, recipient of the annual Clinical Legal Education Association award for outstanding UC Davis School of Law externship student. 

Each year, a school may nominate an externship and/or clinical student for the CLEA award; Chan joins a cohort of CLEA award winning externship students from around the country. Director of Externships Dena Bauman nominated Chan in recognition of Chan’s exceptional performance during a yearlong externship with the Sacramento District Attorney’s office and her work in the externship seminar and small section.