Team Wins Nationals, Others Win Regionals

The National Moot Court Team has won a National Championship, and a fourth lawyering skills team has won its Regional Competition and is heading to the Nationals. Several other teams also recently took high honors in the Best Oralist and Best Brief portions of their Regional Competitions.

The National Moot Court Team has won the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition. Team members Allison Lee, Shay Mathews, and Sophie Wang went undefeated through seven rounds of competition to win the championship. The three students received unanimous decisions on the scorecard of every judge in every round they argued. Team members Jessica Mendez, Erin Rust, and Joe Whitfield also performed strongly, winning three rounds. Individually, Lee, who is team captain, won the Top Speaker Award for both the preliminary rounds and overall. The team’s assistant coach is Adjunct Professor John Kershman.

The National Moot Court Team also won the Midwest Regional of the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Team members Justin Gelfand, Kevin Green, and Kelly Snyder won a ticket to next month’s National Finals in Chicago. John Wall, Kathryn Minton, and Kate Schwartz also advanced to the final rounds where they were narrowly defeated. Individually, Washington University placed three students among the top 10 speakers in the region, with Snyder taking 10th overall; Schwartz, 6th; and Gelfand, 3rd. Additionally, Gelfand, Green, and Snyder won the award for the 4th Best Brief in the region. The team is coached by Adjunct Professors Rich Finneran and Mark Zoole, head coach.

Advancing to International Competition is:

  • The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, who won the Southwest Super-Regional. The team is advancing to the Shearman & Sterling International Rounds. Andrew Lucas also won the Best Oralist award in the Championship Match. 

Other teams advancing to National Competition, include:

  • The ABA Representation in Mediation Team, who placed first among 12 teams in the Regionals, and will be representing the law school at the National Representation in Mediation Competition.
  • The Trial Team, who won first place at the Regional Qualifying Tournament of the ABA/American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition (NTC). The team now will compete in the National Finals of the NTC against the 22 other national qualifiers from across the country.

In other success stories:

  • The Niagara International Law Moot Court Team placed third out of 19 teams and advanced to the semifinals of the competition. Alex Stepick received the Top Oralist award.
  • The National Environmental Moot Court Competition Team progressed through three preliminary rounds and advanced to the quarterfinals at Pace University’s competition in New York. The team ranked third out of 74 teams. In addition, Aaron Block won Best Oralist in first two rounds, and Daniel Tierney won the award in the third round.
  • The Saul Lefkowitz Team came in third in the Regionals; the team remains in the competition for the Best Brief at the National Finals.
  • The Client Counseling Team advanced to the semi-final rounds in the Regional Competition of the ABA’s Client Counseling Competition.

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