Allison Ramsey 2L Wins Advocate of the Year Competition

Posted Thu, 11/09/2017 - 13:48

Allison Ramsey 2L won this year’s Advocate of the Year Competition, the oral and written advocacy skills event where USF law students practice their courtroom skills under the guidance of faculty and volunteer alumni and judges.

“Whether the students use their skills to compete in advanced moot court competition teams, coach first-year students, or simply improve their public speaking, the Advocate of the Year Competition is a great opportunity for upper level law students to hone their oral advocacy and writing skills,” said Edith Ho, professor of legal writing, director of the Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis program, and program coordinator of the First Year Moot Court Program. “We are grateful to our alumni and judges who have been very generous with their time to mentor our students and prepare them for the practice of law.”

Gabriella Parker 2L took second place after the final session in the moot court room of Kendrick Hall on Oct. 27. The competition’s Best Brief was awarded to Jennifer Jaw 2L, and Best Brief Runner Up was Tyrell Bernardo 2L. The Hon. Kathleen M. Banke, the Hon. Roger Chan, and the Hon. Benjamin T. Reyes II ’92 volunteered as judges for the competition finals.

Ramsey aspires to have a career in public interest law, after working as a homeless advocate before law school and learning to be a voice for underserved communities. She is a volunteer intern at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, a board member of the Criminal Law Society, and the 2L representative on the Student Bar Association. Last summer, as part of USF’s Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project, she worked at the Capital Post Conviction Unit of Louisiana on death row appeals.

“I am becoming more comfortable speaking in front of people and thinking on my feet,” Ramsey said. “Learning to not count on notes, to be flexible, and to trust my gut was crucial in the competition and will be helpful in my legal career. And learning to think like a lawyer has given me a new perspective of the world.”