From the 2008 News Archive
Maryland Law Moot Court Team Advances in Final Rounds of National Competition
The School of Law's National Moot Court Team has advanced to the Jan. 31 octo-finals of the National Moot Court Competition
, after sweeping both of its preliminary rounds.
On Monday, team members Alicia Welch '08
and Thaila Sundaresan '08
, arguing as respondents, beat petitioners Nebraska, receiving a perfect 100 score on their oral argument. On Tuesday, the team of Welch and Viktoriya Mikityanskaya '08
continued Maryland's success by beating respondents Loyola-LA.
Maryland reached by the national Moot Court competition by succeeding in an earlier regional qualifieer, where it went 2-0 in its preliminary rounds, beating the University of Pennsylvania and Pitt, then defeating Penn in the semi-final round. Though the team lost to George Washington University in the final round, their effort secured a spot in the National Finals.
Co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bar of the City of New York, the competition consists of two rounds of arguments: the regional and the finals. The Competition divides the United States into 14 regions. Within each region, a regional sponsor designated by the Committee ("Regional Sponsor") conducts regional rounds for the law schools located within that region. Teams that qualify in the regional rounds are eligible to enter the final rounds.
Since 1950, the New York City Bar and the American College of Trial Lawyers have sponsored this National Moot Court Competition. Every year, over 150 law schools compete in the regional rounds throughout the U.S., and the winners advance to the final rounds held at the New York City Bar. This nationally–recognized competition allows law students to hone their appellate advocacy skills by arguing before prominent members of the profession.