The Lambert Firm’s founder, Hugh P. Lambert, served as a guest judge at the 21st Annual Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition last week. Each year, the competition is held under the joint sponsorship of The University of Texas School of Law and a local host school. This year, Tulane University School of Law served as the local host for the competition held on April 3 through April 5 in New Orleans.
The competition was created in memory of The Honorable John R. Brown. Brown served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as one of the nation’s most prominent admiralty judges from 1955 until his death in 1993. Shortly after his death and in his honor, The University of Texas School of Law established the admiralty moot court competition.
Each participating law school may enter up to two teams of 2 or 3 students in the competition. The teams submit written briefs and participate in oral argument. Oral argument is evaluated based on several criteria including knowledge of the record, performance in answering questions, public speaking, persuasiveness, and courtroom manner.
In past years, distinguished judges, prominent members of the maritime bar, presidents and past presidents of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and admiralty professors have served as judges for the competition. Hugh Lambert was honored to be a part of such a prestigious event.