October 19, 2015 — Helen Andrews and Cory Batza, both second-year students, participated in the standing-room-only final round of the Armand Arabian Advocacy Tournament on Friday, October 16th. The final round was judged by Retired California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian, Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Boyd (JD ’91), Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann, and California Court of Appeal Justice Tricia Bigelow (JD ’86).
Helen and Cory were well-matched in the final round, and the judges congratulated both of them on their excellent advocacy skills. Although it was a close decision, Helen was declared the winner. In addition to Helen and Cory, this year’s semifinalists were Sam Gilkeson and Ankita Thakkar.
The next on-campus appellate advocacy competition for Pepperdine students will be the Vincent S. Dalsimer Moot Court Competition in February 2016.