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  • Baylor Law Top Gun

    Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of judging a couple rounds at the Baylor Law Top Gun competition. For those that do not know, this is a one-v-one law school competition where the students are given the case the day before the competition and the case changes as the competition progresses. This year, Justin Bernstein's student, Philip Pasquarello, beat out Eric Fleddermann from the University of Michigan Law School for the $10,000 grand prize. If you're interested, you can watch the final round here.

    Semifinalists: Jordan Dickson from Georgetown University Law Center and Pablo Robles from UC Hastings College of Law

    Winner of Technology Award: Stephanie Gushlaw and Craig Shirley from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law

    Winner of Professionalism Award: Zach McCamey frim Wake Forest University School of Law

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    Both AMTA alums, too. Phil competed for Delaware and Eric competed for American.

    Watched the final round live. Phil and Eric were both good, obviously (very clearly AMTA level competitors), but the contrast between their final rounds and the rounds between Ben Wallace (UVA) and Rahul Hari (UC Irvine) in 2015 and 2016 was notable. In particular they were a lot less polished and looked a lot less comfortable than Ben or Rahul looked either year.


    • #3
      I think part of that is due to the trade secret fact pattern as opposed to a bank robbery or murder case. There's an inherent story to be told with a crime. "Someone robbed a bank." Or "someone hired a hitman to kill her husband"... Those are just very clear and straightforward narratives. But... "someone inadvertently used a formula for a beer that was not theirs, and even though they didn't know it at the time, they should have realized it was a stolen recipe, because reasons," is a much more convoluted legal theory with a lot more necessary foundation for it to make even a little sense.