Moot Court Team Returns from Stetson Competition with Honors
At the recent Stetson Moot Court Competition held in Orange County, the Southwestern team of Gibran Bouayed, Silviana Dumitrescu and Kamela Laird earned Third Place, and Laird was named Second Place Oralist. They argued a problem that centered on the necessity of conducting an environmental impact assessment in the face of underwater air gun blasting, and the international consequences associated with not performing the assessment.
Southwestern's team beat out those representing law schools from Kansas, Hawaii, and Washington before placing behind teams from Maryland and Hastings. "Preparing for the competition included fifteen grueling practice rounds in front of professors, practicing judges, alumni and fellow moot court members," said Laird, a second-year evening student. "But every practice round was worth it... when I arrived at the competition, there wasn't a single question from the judges that I hadn't heard five times before!"