Witan (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 2, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 1, 1975 Page: 4 of 18
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New Moot Court Coach
By DONALD BAYNE
Mr. Morton Baird, coach of the St.
Mary's National Moot Court Team predicts
that the advocacy programs being develop.ed
at St. Mary's Law School will out-shine all
others in Texas. Commenting on the enthu-
siastic support for moot court and mock
trial by Dean Raba and the law faculty,
Baird claims that "with this kind of commit-
ment, St. Mary's will have the best advo-
cacy program in the state." Baird noted
the outstanding calibre of the St. Mary's
student body, differentiating the students
from those at Texas, his alma mater, as
"harder working and more deeply com -
Baird, an honor graduate of the Univer-
sity of Texas and the Texas Law School,
was recently selected by Raba to supervise
the St. Mary's Moot Court Team entered
in the National Moot Court Competition.
Married to Ann Mar jus rite Holmstrom,
Baird is as associate in the law firm of
Gochman and Weir, While a law student
at Texas, Baird was an active competitor
in moot court and mock trial, including
among his honors membership in the Order
of the Barristers and membership in the
only team in the history of the State Bar to
go undefeated in the six preliminary rounds
As a trial lawyer, Baird places parti-
cular emphasis on participation in mock
trial, explaining that it provides a superb
opportunity to develop and sharpen trial
skills. "Mock trial is worth six months of
your life or more to prospective trial law-
yers," Baird claims. He advises interested
freshmen to participate in the advocacy
programs as far as their academic pressures
will permit, by entering the freshman moot
court competition, observing the state and
national competitions, and volunteering as
witnesses for Mock Trial.
Baird notes with appreciation the invalu-
able advice given the national team by Walker
and the support and commitment demon -
strated by Raba, and looks forward to lead-
ing the law school to a position of pre -
eminence in advocacy. "My long term in-
terest is to help make St. Mary's the best
school for advocates in the state."
In the past, academic credit has been
given for participation in the Norvell Con
petition in the spring. A trial advocacy
course is in the planning stages for next
fall. In addition, Charles Hardy has
succeeded in establishing a local chapter
of the Barristers, a National Honor societ
for Moot Court participants.
Baird points out, however, that parti
cipation in Moot Court and Mock Trial Coi
petitions are of long-term benefit to the
student. Experience in writing appellate
briefs, oral advocacy, and answering
rapid-fire questions are all skills prized
by practicing attorneys.
The Regional National Moot Court
competition will be in Dallas, the weekend
of October 31 - November 2. Representing
St. Mary's will be Larry Likar, Jon Kelly
See MOOT COURT, p. 15,
Five freshman senators and one
honor court justice were elected three
weeks ago. The election included a
referendum on the special prosecutor
amendment to the Honor Code, and the
SB A constitutional amendment to increasi
class representation while abolishing
special interest representation. Both
provisions were passed.
Out of 274 eligible freshmen voters
211 actually voted, yielding a turnout of
77.9%. On the referendum, where all
671 law students were eligible to vote, thjfc
turnout was 337, or 50.2% of the student
Eileen Sullivan, a 22 year old student
from Pueblo, Colorado, tied for the lead
of the elected senators with 82 votes. SI
attended St. Mary College in Leaven-
worth, Kansas where she received a bad
lor's degree in Spanish. When questione
as to her goals as a senator Eileen said,
"I don't believe it's valid to say that in
three years we will take the time to corn
municate, to apply the laws or responsib
See ELECTION, p. V
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