Annual Law School Competition

Keenan’s Kids Foundation Announces Winners of the 22nd Annual Law Student Closing Argument Competition

The Keenan’s Kids Foundation is proud to announce the 2019 winners of the 22nd annual Law Student Closing Argument Competition. The competition was established in 1997 to show students the importance of children’s rights and to encourage them into this most needed area of the law. The event also stands as an opportunity for students experience in a courtroom in front of a jury.

This year’s winners include:

FIRST PLACE: Hannah Supernor (Emory University, 3L)

SECOND PLACE: Maria Gerasiknova (Emory University, 2L)

SECOND PLACE: Andrew Mueller (Emory University, 2L)

THIRD PLACE: Christopher Lambden (Emory University, 3L)

FOURTH PLACE: Randy Williams (Emory University, 3L)

FOURTH PLACE: Aileen Carpenter (Emory University, 3L)

“Each and every one of the students who competed in this event did an outstanding job,” said Foundation founder Don C. Keenan. “Our final scores were very close and I am so impressed with the dedication and preparation the students took before giving their arguments. We saw some excellent feedback from the judges and I am confident this has made a lasting impression with all the participants.”

Students applied to compete from all six state law schools. This year, the Foundation received more than 50 applications, with only 22 students selected to give closing arguments. Monetary prizes were awarded to the top four competitors. The final reviews were so close that this year we had a tie for second and fourth place.

Since the competition’s inception in 1997, the foundation has sponsored twelve Closing Argument competitions for 2nd and 3rd year law students in Georgia. Each student is given 15 minutes to give their argument while being judged by a panel composed of members of the local media, experienced plaintiff and defense lawyers and parents of an injured child who has gone through the civil litigation process. This jury helps provide students with an excellent cross-section of life experiences and perspectives.

The Keenan Law Firm specializes in catastrophic child injury and death cases.  The Keenan’s Kids Foundation, started by the firm in 1993 to raise awareness on child safety, sponsors the competition to heighten the awareness of damage consideration to injured and maimed children.

If you are interested in participating or judging our 2020 competition, please send an email to [email protected]­

Deadline for submission is January 25th, 2020.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us

at 404-523-2200.


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