Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Stetson Moot Court Team Advances to International Finals January 27, 2009
Stetson Moot Court Team Advances to International Finals

At the Pacific Regional Round of the Stetson International Environmental Law Competition held at Santa Clara Law School on January 23 and 24, members of Southwestern's Moot Court Honors Program earned Second Place Team and Second Place Memorial (brief). Oralists Kristen Houchen and Anthony Colunga, and writer Matt Roston performed extremely well - Houchen was named Best Oralist in the final round, and the team's outstanding showing secured them an invitation to the International Finals at Stetson University College of Law, in Gulfport, Florida, at the end of March.

"International environmental law is one of the more difficult competitions to compete in because the students haven't taken courses in these areas of law and they had to do all of their research from scratch," said Melanie Partow '04, the team's alumna advisor, who also coached the Southwestern team that returned home with a First Place win in the International Competition in 2006. "The one thing that boded well for them is that they never stopped researching. The case law in this area is not like it is in the U.S. The decisions are hundreds of pages long. They did phenomenally well and walked away with more awards than any other school at the regional competition."