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South Texas Sweeps the National Scribes Writing Competition

June 27, 2012—For the first time in the history of the prestigious American Society of Legal Writers’ Scribes competition, one school took first, second, and third place: South Texas College of Law. The Scribes award is given to authors of the best written legal brief submitted in a national moot court advocacy competition this past academic year. South Texas students authored eight of the 68 briefs entered in the competition. This is the 5th time South Texas has won first place in the competition—no other law school in the U.S. has won it more than once. “The Scribes Award is recognized by all academics as the gold standard for legal writing,” says Associate Dean and Director of Advocacy T. Gerald Treece. “These briefs are judged anonymously and three of ours were the best of best from across the country.”

“Winning the Scribes Award was my motivation from day one,” says student Andrew Bender who was the primary writer on three briefs selected for the competition. Bender, Cecelia Montalvo, and Cara Vasquez garnered first place honors with the brief written for the National Latino Law Students Association Moot Court Competition. Second place went to Bender, Callin Kerr, and Coleman Proctor for the winning brief of the Andrews Kurth National Moot Court Competition. Third place was presented to Jason Reiner, Proctor, and Jonathan Sneed for the best brief from the Judge Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law National Moot Court Competition.

“We don’t just have one person winning—we have three briefs, from three different competitions, judged multiple times by different sets of judges,” says South Texas Advocacy Lecturer Robert Galloway. Treece adds that South Texas’ strong Legal Research and Writing program is vital to the nationally recognized Advocacy Program. During the second semester of classes, students with extremely strong writing and oral advocacy skills are encouraged by professors to participate in the Advocacy Program where their skills are further honed. South Texas’ program is the most decorated in the U.S. with 111 national advocacy titles and is consistently ranked among the top 10 programs by U.S. News and World Report.

For more information, please contact Associate Dean T. Gerald Treece at 713-646-1775 or



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