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the Olympic Park bomber. Susan Smith, who drowned her two young sons in a South Carolina lake. And now, Jared Loughner, charged in the Tucson, Ariz., shooting that left six people dead and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded. But, her students say, she keeps a low profile and doesn’t tell many stories about her former cases. Clarke, a visiting professor at W&L since 2006, took a break from teaching this year and was back in California when she was thrust, once again, into the national limelight. Regarded as one of the nation’s leading experts in death penalty cases, Clarke seems to have a knack for finding primetime defendants. She also represented Buford Furrow, a white supremacist who opened fire on a Jewish center in Los Angeles, and served as a consultant to lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui, the al-Qaida conspirator in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Best of the Best
The University of Houston Law Center’s Blakely Advocacy Institute announces the Champions and Honorees of the 2011 Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship:
Loyola Chicago School of Law
National Champions Mississippi College School of Law
Tim Anzenberger, Erin Bachman, & Neal Wilson
Texas Tech School of Law
THE BAR COURSES
Most students take these courses to prep for the bar exam and round out their education. But these profs make courses that could be dull quite the opposite.
Matthew Barrett, Michelle Garvey, & Kimberly Thielbar
Sergio Pareja University of New Mexico School of Law
Sergio Pareja works his students hard, giving them homework, occasional pop quizzes and a mid-term and final, but he works as hard as the students do, say his peers. The students love him for it. And part of what they enjoy is that he occasionally breaks into song in class. Pareja joined the UNM law faculty in 2005 after nearly nine years in private practice in Colorado and Indiana. Most recently, Pareja was a partner in the tax department at a large Denver law firm. While in private practice, Pareja specialized in Federal individual and corporate income tax planning, state and local tax matters, and estate and gift tax planning.
UC Hastings College of Law & John Marshall Law School
Best Brief: Mississippi College School of Law Best Brief (2nd): South Texas College of Law Best Brief (3rd): The John Marshall Law School Best Speaker (2nd): Elizabeth Meyer, Chicago-Kent College of Law Best Speaker (3rd): Natasha Smiley, SMU Dedman School of Law
The University of Houston Law Center wishes to thank all of our competitors, judges, and contributors for making this year’s Championship the best yet. Special thanks to: Sponsors: Andrews Kurth The Lanier Law Firm Edison McDowell Hetherington Houston Intellectual Property Lawyers Association UH Law Center Moot Court Alumni Association Championship Round Judges: Judge Edith Jones
(Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit)
Judge Harold DeMoss, Jr.
(Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit)
Judge Jennifer Elrod
(U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit)
U N I V E R S I T Y O F H O U S T O N L AW C E N T E R
N A T I O N A L
Justice Scott Brister
(Partner, Andrews Kurth & former Justice, Texas Supreme Court)
Presented in collaboration with
The University of Houston is an EEO/AA institution.
Photos: Chelsea Aldrich
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