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Conference provides true courtroom experience for law students

February 25, 2011

Students and staff from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Moot Court team and Law Career Services will join the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana at the 2011 Hispanic National Bar Association's Mid-Year Corporate Counsel Conference and 16th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition, March 10-12 at the InterContinental Hotel. This three-day gathering provides a unique setting to connect corporate America and HNBA members through an abundance of networking opportunities with several representatives from Fortune 500 Companies. Co-chairs of the conference are Elia Diaz-Yaeger, J.D. ’94, and Martha Castillo.

The moot court competition allows law students from the top law schools across the country to hone their brief-writing and oral advocacy skills, while exploring a complex legal issue. One of Loyola’s own, Ferris Family Distinguished Professor of Law Isabel Medina, has written the competition problem. Top winners will be awarded academic scholarships by the HNBA Legal Education Fund.

Federal Judge Edward Charles Prado of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, who will give a keynote at the competition, will be joined by 14 additional judges and more than 75 local attorneys in judging the competition.

The competition is providing students a true courtroom experience by hosting the preliminary rounds of the competition in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal and United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The finals will be held in the Louisiana Supreme Court.

“We are honored that New Orleans was chosen to host the HNBA’s 2nd Corporate Counsel Conference and 16th annual Moot Court Competition. The conference is important to New Orleans given the continued growth of the Hispanic community in our area. Our goal is for the local Hispanic community to increase involvement in and understanding of the legal system,” said Diaz-Yaeger.

The weekend will also provide an opportunity for the moot court competitors to give back to the community. On Saturday, March 12, HLAL and the Louisiana chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel will be working together to build out and furnish the library for the Esperanza Charter School, located in mid-city.

For more information or to volunteer, please visit here or contact Diaz-Yaeger at ediaz-yaeger@lawla.com.

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