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Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams Award


Best Oral Advocate in the Competition

We want to congratulate Sofia Sham of the University of Texas Law School who was the winner of the Royston, Rayzor, Vickery, & Williams Award for Best Oral Advocate in the Competition at the John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Competition recently held in New Orleans.

Additional accolades are due as follows;

Second Place; Elisabeth D’Amelio, and Roger of Williams University Law School
Third Place; Madelyn Chidester, of South Texas College of Law Houston
Fourth Place; Olivia Schoffstall, of Baylor University Law School
Fifth Place; Baylee Pearce, of University of Houston Law Center. 

The competition named after our former partner and former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit, John R. Brown, celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with 32 teams and a total of 96 participants from Law Schools across the United States. The overall Championship team was from the University of Texas School of Law consisting of; Sarah Chavey, Annie Fogel, and Sophia Shams.

The Gus A. Schill Jr. Finalist Award went to the teams from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and consisted of Madeline Derango, Rudy Rosenmayer, and Sydney Selman. We extend our appreciation to the University of Texas and Tulane University for their hard work in putting on this competition, with a special thank you to Professor Michael Sturley of the University of Texas. It’s a privilege for us to sponsor this competition to carry on the legacy of Judge Brown and our commitment to excellence in Admiralty and Maritime Law for outstanding, talented and hardworking law students from around the country.


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