Congratulations to newly appointed Volume 78 Articles Editor Sarah Nickel and Volume 78 Senior Associate and newly-elected SBA President Sara Kuebel for winning the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition and helping make LSU Law history!
Winning LSU Law’s internal trial competitions brings an air of prestige and accomplishment to students. But with their victories in the Fall 2016 semester, Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court winners Sara Kuebel and Sarah Nickel and Ira S. Flory Mock Trial winners Caity Cline and Rome Gonsoulin also made history.
The victories marked the first time at LSU Law that all-female teams were victorious in the two competitions.
Teams of two males winning the Flory and Tullis trials were the norm in LSU Law’s past, and in recent school history, mixed male-female teams winners have become commonplace. This year, however, was a clean sweep for female law students.
It’s a milestone that the competitions’ winners are proud of achieving.
Kuebel and Nickel said they’re exploring the idea of doing more trial competitions during their 3L year, adding that these courtroom contests supplement their legal education at LSU.
“There’s no downside to putting yourself out there and doing it because it’s just a great learning experience,” Nickel said. “It builds up your confidence because you learn that it’s not the end of the world if you say, ‘um.’ Everything’s fine.”
And years after all four students have graduated and return to LSU Law for a class reunion, they know they have made history at the more than 110-year-old law school.
“If you look at all of the names on the moot court plaque that’s (outside the LSU Law Robinson Courtroom), it’s all men’s names,” Kuebel said. “So it’s going to be really cool to see the names of these two women, both of us memorialized at the Law Center.”
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