What success looks like: TU Law student is making his mark -

What success looks like: TU Law student is making his mark

University of Tulsa College of Law student Matthew Cecconi (2L) recently added to his growing list of accomplishments with two prestigious accomplishments.

First off, Cecconi has been named a Holloway Scholar by the Oklahoma City chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Recipients of this scholarship are selected based on criteria that include the pursuit of a legal career involving the federal courts, actions demonstrating ethics, civility and professionalism, academic merit, written and oral communication skills, leadership qualities, and community involvement.

Matthew Cecconi smiling and wearing a white shirt, crimson tie and blue blazer
Matthew Cecconi

“I am deeply honored to receive a Holloway Scholarship,” Cecconi said. “Judge William J. Holloway, Jr., was an outstanding jurist and well respected by all, and I hope to continue in that legacy.”

National Health Law Moot Court Competition

Cecconi also recently competed in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition, hosted online by Southern Illinois University College of Law (Nov. 6-7). Teams from various law schools across the country took part, addressing this year’s timely theme: Public Health Response to the Coronavirus.

Of the 32 teams competing, the duo of Hannah Frosch (3L) and Cecconi won third place in the overall competition. Fourth place went to their TU Law colleagues Carter Fox (3L), Kristin Rodriguez (2L) and Cole Way (3L). TU Law Dean Lyn Entzeroth congratulated the intrepid quintet, noting that “this prestigious competition demands tremendous aptitude and hard work, which these remarkable future advocates amply demonstrated.”

“Matthew’s ability to edit, write and work as a team is absolutely incredible,” said his teammate Frosch. “This was my second year returning to the team, but Matthew came in with such grace and confidence that we were able to succeed beyond my wildest dreams. He is truly talented and received incredibly high speaking scores throughout the competition.”

TU Law’s Health Law Team dedicated its season to Professor Evelyn Hutchison, a deeply respected and influential faculty member who recently passed away. Professor Hutchison was the Board of Advocates advisor for many years and worked closely with the Health Law competition teams.

Cecconi credits TU Law with preparing him for the success he has enjoyed this semester. “My professors and the college as a whole have done an incredible job preparing me for my career. Through my first year-and-a-half as a law student, I have been exposed to lawyers from around Tulsa and members of both the state and the federal judiciary.”

After graduating, Cecconi hopes to be selected for a judicial clerkship before working in appellate litigation. He currently serves as associate editor of the Tulsa Law Review, the college’s flagship journal, and executive director of the Public Interest Board, a student organization that serves the community and helps TU Law students develop a lasting commitment to public service.

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