Mohrman, Clanton Named Top Oralists and Rosas Named Best Writer at Annual Intramural Moot Court Competition
Following thoughtful arguments that covered a range of thorny legal issues, Greg Mohrman was named Best Oralist in Southwestern's 2006 Intramural Moot Court Competition held on Saturday, April 1; Amy Clanton took the second-place oralist title. The final bench of leading jurists included Hon. Louis B. Butler, Jr., Justice of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin; Hon. Rives Kistler, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Oregon; and Hon. Steven Levinson, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii. In the writing competition, China Rosas took the Best Writer Award.
In earlier competition, Hildy Aguinaldo and Lisa Watanabe took the Semi-Final Oralist titles. Judges for the Semi-Finals included Hon. J. Gary Hastings '72, Hon. Paul Turner and Hon. Thomas L. Willhite, Jr. of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District; Hon. Erithe A. Smith, of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California; Hon. Andrew J. Wistrich, Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court, Central District of California; Hon. Amy M. Pellman, Commissioner of the Los Angeles Superior Court; and Hon. Zaven Sinanian, Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Both the final and semi-final rounds were held at the Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals in Pasadena. Quarter-finalists were Tom Cassaro, Leila Golchehreh, Lee Previant and Jenny Rodriguez.
Receiving awards in the Best Writer category, in addition to Rosas, were in order of ranking: Ly-Huong Tran, Mary Lindsay, Nick Francescon, Leila Golchehreh and Rosemary Do. Other finalist writers were: Yevgenia Agadzhanova, Jessica Cohen, Raffi Kassabian, Danielle Ochi, Julie Oinonen, Joan Park, Lee Previant, Julia Romano and Lisa Watanabe. Alternate writers were Jason Bemis, Mark Burns, Alan Chang, Tammy Chu, James Chyau, Amy Clanton, Melanie Deutsch, James Engel-Pereo, Anne Goldin, Prescott Littlefield, Joshua Riezman, Kim Rocque, Kevin Schraven, Lindsay Schwartz, Andrew Steinberg and Sanam Yasseri.
Alternate oralists were Alexis Amber, Ed Anderson, Everette Cooke, Melanie Deutsch, Lindsay Harrell, Sara Lee, Ellen Levin, Zack Levine, Prescott Littlefield, Michael Manapol, Stacy Marquez, Shabnam Sarah Matinfar, Chris McFadden, Karine Mkrtchyan, Michael Montgomery, Julie Oinonen, Derek Peacock, Amanda Plisner, Andrew Pongrac, Nicole Prado, Adam Roehrick, China Rosas, Jamie Shipman, Michael Tom, Rachael Weinfeld, Michael Weir, Chris Wheeler and Carmen Yates.
In the hypothetical appellate advocacy problem written by Professor Dennis Yokoyama, set in the mythical state of Westmoreland, advocates were asked to argue whether a valid claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress may be stated when a plaintiff, rather than being the physically injured party's spouse, is instead his unmarried cohabitant and whether a valid claim for strict products liability may be stated when a plaintiff, having witnessed an injury to another caused by a defective product, has suffered severe emotional distress and physical harm caused by that distress.