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TONIGHT: Federal Judge Andre Davis on Importance of Oral Argument

February 19, 2013
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

Judge Andre Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will visit the University of Baltimore School of Law on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:15 p.m., in a discussion about the importance and effectiveness of outstanding oral advocacy in trial and appellate settings. The event, taking place Moot Court Room of the John and Frances Angelos Law Center, home of the University of Baltimore School of Law, 1415 Maryland Ave., is of special interest to UB law students who are currently enrolled in Introduction to Advocacy—the school's required writing and oral advocacy class taught this year by 31 practitioners and judges to first-year day students and second-year evening students. Judge Davis's talk is free and open to the public.

President Obama nominated Judge Davis to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on April 2, 2009; following the endorsement of the Senate Judiciary Committee and then confirmation by the full U.S. Senate, he was commissioned on Nov. 10, 2009.

Judge Davis received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. While in law school, he served on the Moot Court Board, and as chair of the Honor Board and the Black Law Students Association. He was a member of the National Moot Court Team, and was selected as the Best Advocate in the Myerowitz Memorial Moot Court Competition and in the Marshall-Wythe Moot Court Competition. Prior to joining the Fourth Circuit, Judge Davis served as a judge on Maryland's federal district court and in Maryland circuit and district courts.

Following Judge Davis's talk, two members of the School of Law's National Moot Court team will argue both sides of an important legal issue, as a demonstration of the power of effective oral advocacy.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.