Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Wagner Team Wins Best Respondent Brief, Second Place Oralist March 25, 2009
Wagner Team Wins Best Respondent Brief, Second Place Oralist

Southwestern's Moot Court Honors Program team of Carlo Reyes, Alma Dumitru, and Matt Weiner excelled at the Robert F. Wagner Labor and Employment Law Competition, winning Best Respondent's Brief. Matt Weiner also won Second Place Oralist and the team finished overall as semifinalists. The team argued a problem exploring two issues: whether mid-level employees should be deemed supervisors under the National Labor Relations Act, a determination that could bar millions of employees from union representation; and whether a disabled employee is entitled to automatic reassignment to a vacant position under the reasonable accommodation provision of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Southwestern's team defeated law students from New York University, Pepperdine University, Penn State, and University of Arkansas at Little Rock before besting University of Hastings in the Quarterfinals. They narrowly lost to Northern Kentucky University in the Semifinal Round.

Reyes, a third-year PLEAS student, father of four girls, and a full-time Emergency Medicine physician, served as the swing oralist and brief writer for the Wagner Team. He said, "The most important experience gained by participating in Moot Court is the opportunity to work as part of a team - to find a way for three strong-minded individuals to collaborate effectively to produce something special."

Weiner is a two-time Second Place Oralist, having also competed in the ABA National Moot Court Competition last year. Professor Christopher Cameron, who has served as faculty advisor for the Wagner competition for 11 years, said of Weiner's performance, "Matt's unflappable demeanor, encyclopedic knowledge of the law and record, and persuasiveness were commented upon by many judges as the best they'd seen." He also praised the team's performance, saying, "In 11 years of competing at Wagner, this was Southwestern's third Best Brief and fourth Semi-Final appearance. The team was incredible."