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National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation

1612 K Street N.W., Suite 1400
Washington, DC 20006


Contact: Emily Wolkowicz

December 9, 2008

(202) 775-9555


The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation is pleased to announce the 2008 Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition winners from a field of 60 teams from around the United States and abroad. The National Finals were held in Seattle, WA on November 22, 2008.

The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition was founded in 1993 by the Asian Pacific American (APA) Law Student Association of the South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas. It is now administered by the NAPABA Law Foundation and the NAPABA Judicial Council. The Competition honors the late Judge Thomas Tang, a champion of individual rights, an advocate for the advancement of minority attorneys, and an ardent supporter of NAPABA and the moot court competition. Judge Tang served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 1977 until his passing in 1995. Judge Tang’s wife, Dr. Pearl Tang, continues his legacy and participates in the Competition events every year.

The Competition is open to all students but is especially designed to reach out to APA law students and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their writing and oral advocacy skills and compete for scholarships totaling $10,000. The scholarship prizes are generously donated by Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., a long time supporter and sponsor of the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition. The NAPABA Law Foundation also gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support provided by State Farm Insurance Company, Intel Corporation, and Foley & Lardner, LLP, to the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition.

Champion: Bill Richmond and Lindsey Griffin, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Finalist: Jeremy Moorehouse and Dipesh Mehta, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Semi-Finalist: Euborn Chiu and Kyong Mi Kim, University of California Hastings College of the Law
Semi-Finalist: Satinder Singh and Ernie Gao, Fordham University School of Law

Best Brief: Natalya Kasyanuk and Gregory Morphew, Seattle University School of Law

Best Oralist: Nicholas Hudson, University of Washington School of Law
2nd Oralist: Euborn Chiu, University of California Hastings College of Law
3rd Oralist: Bill Richmond, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

The NAPABA Law Foundation extends its sincere congratulations to all of the winners and competitors.

We are actively making preparations for the 2009 competition in Boston, MA.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation is a non-profit, charitable and educational affiliate of NAPABA, that is tax exempt under IRC Section 501 (c)(3). In furtherance of its mission, the NAPABA Law Foundation:
  • Provides financial assistance to Asian Pacific American law students who have demonstrated academic excellence and social leadership.
  • Supports the development of internships and fellowships in the areas of public interest and community service relating to the Asian Pacific American community.
  • Develops and supports programs to educate the legal profession and Asian Pacific American communities about legal issues affecting those communities.

More information may be found at http://napaba.org/napaba/showpage.asp?code=foundation


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