Moot Court Team Places Second in National Sports Law Competition
They made it look easy in the Big Easy. Southwestern's Moot Court Honors Program continued its tradition of success as writer Wendy Tseng and oralists Jennifer Yuen and Parrisa Peik earned a Second Place finish at the 2010 Mardi Gras Sports Law Moot Court Competition in New Orleans.
The competition took place at Tulane University Law School and the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans. Southwestern's team competed against more than 40 law schools, including teams from Yale, Harvard, UC Hastings, New York Law School, UNLV and Arizona State. This competition dealt with sports law in the labor context, specifically exploring issues of preemption and arbitration awards.
Southwestern's team spent approximately three months preparing their brief and oral arguments. "Until the end of competition, the team lived and breathed this problem," Tseng said. "In addition to our own efforts in preparation, our team had a fantastic support system."
Professor Lon Sobel served as the team's faculty advisor. "Team members educated themselves concerning areas of law that were not covered in any of their courses," he explained. "Going all the way to the finals in a competition with 40 teams speaks for itself about how well they advocated. The first time these team members go to court as licensed lawyers, it should be a piece of cake for all of them."
The team also received support from alumnus adviser Oliver Vasquez '00 and Moot Court board advisor Anne Cheung. Team members expressed gratitude to other professors, notably Professor Cameron, and practitioners who took the time to come judge the team's 14 practice rounds prior to competition. "From an oralist's perspective, the support team really helped build a strong foundation both forensically and substantively, which gave us the confidence and stamina to argue so many rounds," Yuen said. "Having their support both before and during the competition was invaluable."