The OU Law Board of Advocates hosts several intra-school and interscholastic competitions a year. Hosting a tournament takes hundreds of hours of preparation including contacting judges, setting up administration and coordinating schedules. The digital initiative will help make tournament communication more efficient.
Kim Beight, president of the BOA says, “it really takes a village to plan a competition, and there are many moving parts in play at any given time. A centralized source of administrative documents will ensure that we each have consistent access to the most up-to-date information on the status of each task. When we host competitions, we represent OU Law, and we want to put our best foot forward and give participants the best possible experience. I anticipate these iPads will allow us to communicate and address needs more efficiently than ever before, greatly improving our ability to run a smooth, successful competition.”
Professor Connie Smothermon, BOA faculty sponsor is also excited about what this means for the BOA – “centralized administrative documents everyone can access; ability to communicate and coordinate competition tasks before and during competitions; even aiding simple things like insuring everyone has time cards in hand.”
This year, the BOA will host the Calvert and 1L moot court competitions, the all school negotiation competition, the undergrad mock trial competition, and the ABA Regional Negotiation competition.
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