Catholic Law third-year students Erica Barrera, Ana Gonzalez, and Hector Martinez represented Catholic Law and the school’s Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) at the Hispanic National Bar Association 26th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition. The event was held virtually, March 9-12, 2021, and included 32 teams that argued a case currently before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Regarding their experience, the team of three shared, “We are all honored to have represented CUA LALSA and The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law at the 26th Annual HNBA Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition. Since early January, we all worked really hard to prepare for the competition which entailed a brief writing component and oral arguments during Spring Break. Although we did not win, competing in the HNBA Moot was an extremely rewarding experience that allowed us to further develop our legal skills. We had the privilege to be coached by fellow CUA Law alumnus Frank Garza, Esq. ’86. Mr. Garza was an amazing coach and was so generous in sharing his time and expertise with us. We were fortunate to have received multiple offers to coach our team from other CUA Law alumni, which shows the dedication CUA LALSA alumni have to support the next generation of Hispanic law students and future attorneys. HNBA has been a wonderful resource for all of LALSA’s members in developing our legal careers. It is great to know there are so many Hispanic attorneys that are willing to dedicate their time to help law students navigate the legal field. Since 1L year, we set out to strengthen LALSA’s presence at CUA Law, participating in these kinds of events is empowering for us and for our entire group. We are grateful to CUA Law for supporting us along the way and sponsoring our participation in the HNBA Moot Competition.”