Loyola University College of Law’s Mardi Gras Moot Court Team placed First Overall in the 15th annual Mardi Gras Moot Court Competition recently hosted by Tulane Law School. The Mardi Gras Competition is an appellate advocacy tournament involving novel issues of Sports & Entertainment Law.
This year’s competition featured 40 law schools from around the country and presented a hypothetical that mirrored the ongoing NFL StarCaps case. Loyola’s Mardi Gras Team posted one of the highest brief scores of the competition and achieved a perfect 7-0 record in advancing to the Final Round. In addition, esteemed oralist Elissa Blache was awarded Best Oralist of the entire competition.
The invitational’s first five rounds were held on February 10 and 11 at the Eastern District Courthouse, while the semifinal and final rounds on February 12 were conducted at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Final Round featured a panel of six judges including Richard House, general counsel for the New Orleans Hornets, and Andrew Brandt, former vice president of the Green Bay Packers and founder of the National Football Post newsletter and website.
Special congratulations to the team's coach, Jordan Jeansonne, and to the members of the team, oralists Elissa Blache and Matthew Cutrer, and brief writer Tiffany Tate. The Loyola law community is very proud of the coach and the team.