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Moot Court Celebrates Notable Year of Competitions

The 2015-2016 Moot Court Board wrapped up an excellent year that included impressive results in outside moot court competitions.  

Benjamin Garmoe and Sophia Jafrul competed at the 2016 Tulane Law School Moot Court Competition, where they advanced to the quarterfinals.  Benjamin was named the runner-up Best Oralist at that competition and was ranked as the Best Advocate on all nine of his team's ballots.  Moot Court Board president, Holly Leasure, and her partner, Kaitlyn Leary, competed in the National Constitutional Law Competition at the Charleston School of Law. Holly and Kaitlyn won best brief, advanced to semi-finals, finished third place of 24 teams, and Holly was recognized as third best oral advocate of the preliminary rounds. 

Other outside competitors included Molly Brimmer and Ashley Wetzel who competed in the Williams Institute Moot Court Competition at UCLA and Hannah He and Michael Lederman who competed in the National Cultural Heritage Moot Court Competition at De Paul in Chicago.  All of these students worked hard to prepare for and compete in their respective competitions whether or not they advanced or received special recognition.   What makes these accomplishments even more impressive is the fact that all of these students are either employed, competed on the trial team, or served on a journal.

Outside competitors were coached and mooted by an accomplished cast of moot court board alumni including Ryan Dietrich ’04, Marc DeSimone ’04, Laura Dunn ’14,  Saidah Grimes ’14, Rachel Simmonsen ’10 and Derek Simmonsen ’12.  Alumni involvement is critical to the competitor's success and moot court board members are grateful for their support.

Other Moot Court Board accomplishments included robust participation in the fall and Myerowitz moot court competitions.  Moot Court Board members also support first year students in the Written and Oral Advocacy program by helping them prepare for their first oral arguments.  Congratulations to all members who graduated this year.


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