Southwestern has one of the most active and successful moot court programs in the country. Members advanced triumphantly against highly skilled adversaries in hard-fought competitions held across the country. Recent top placing events and competitors follow below.
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2012-2013 Academic Year
- Southwestern Excels at International Moot Court Competition
- Moot Court Team Takes Nationals, Headed to Finals
Southwestern Excels at International Moot Court Competition
At the 5th Annual Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition at Cardozo Law School in New York, Southwestern performed exceptionally well, earning awards for outstanding advocacy and brief writing. The team of Matthew Alsberg, Isaiah Costas, Christopher Lloyd and Almara Sepanian made it to the semifinals at the Americas Regional Rounds, which featured 21 teams from North America, Central America and South America. Southwestern finished within the top four teams at the competition, losing to eventual overall winner Brooklyn Law School during semifinals. This strong showing earned the team a trip to Oxford, England, to compete in the international rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Programme.
Alsberg and Sepanian received awards for Best Memorials (best briefs) in the regional competition. Costas and Lloyd also received Outstanding Oral Advocacy awards, finishing as two of the top five oralists (out of more than 50 competitors) at the competition. Southwestern was the only participating team to have more than one of its competitors win an oralist award.
Professor Alexandra D'Italia served as the team's advisor. "Isaiah and Chris both performed as consummate professionals," she said. "They were responsive to the bench's questions; they were persuasive and engaging in their arguments. I am not only proud of them, but of Matt and Almara who wrote persuasive and compelling briefs. All four of them make teaching an absolute pleasure." Read more.
Moot Court Team Takes Nationals, Headed to Finals
At the regional round of the Nationals Moot Court Competition held in Orange, California, Southwestern's team of Daneen Furr, Vince Nguyen and Benjamin Sampson swept the competition. They defeated students from Pepperdine Law School in the final round, taking First Place Team honors in a unanimous decision from the bench. Overall, the team went undefeated in the preliminary and final rounds, earned Best Brief and Benjamin Sampson won the Best Oralist award. In January, the team will travel to New York to compete at the National Competition.
The competition also featured 12 other teams from UCLA, University of San Diego, Arizona State, Chapman, Loyola and Thomas Jefferson. They argued whether a police officer was entitled to qualified immunity for allegedly violating the first Amendment when he interrupted a protestor's recording of an undercover police officer's conversation and prevented it's dissemination, and for violating the fourth Amendment when he proceeded to search the cell phone following a seizure.
"The overwhelming amount of support from the faculty and students at Southwestern gave us an edge over our competitors," Sampson said. "The practice rounds are incredibly time consuming but the faculty and moot court members were always happy to stick around and provide invaluable feedback." Read more.