Congratulations to Loyola's Trial Advocacy Teams that competed last weekend in the Dallas regional of the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy mock trial competition. The event was held at the state district courthouse in Dallas. Loyola’s teams compiled a record of 4-2 and placed 6th and 8th out of 18 teams competing. As Adjunct Professor Bill Sommmers stated, "We defeated LSU (twice), Texas Weslyan and Cumberland. Cumberland placed 2nd nationally last year and won it the year before.

Congratulations to Loyola University New Orleans College of Law students Caitlin Byars (oralist), Lindsey Crow (oralist/brief writer), Steven Lord (oralist), and Kelly Stein (coach) for their recent successes at the 21st annual Pace Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in White Plains, New York. In a competition with over eighty other teams from across the country, Loyola's Environmental Moot Court team made its mark. Both Caitlin Byars and Lindsey Crow were named best oralists in two of the three preliminary rounds in which the team argued.

On February 19, 2010, Loyola College of Law's Moot Court team reached the semifinals in the 20th Annual First Amendment Moot Court Competition hosted by Vanderbilt University School of Law and the First Amendment Center. The competition hosted 36 teams representing law schools from across the nation including Georgetown, Duke, Brooklyn, and San Diego School of Law. The team, comprised of second year law students, Desmonde Bennett, Evan Bergeron, and coached by third year student, Nicole Stillwell, competed in eight rounds over two days.

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.

Congratulations are in order for one of Loyola's trial advocacy teams that participated in the Texas Young Lawyers' Association Competition in Austin, Texas, in February 2010. Loyola's team successfully advanced to the semi-finals where they competed against University of Texas.

Advocates, Kellie Johnson and Greg Akers, coached by recent law graduate, Matt McLaren, competed against law schools, South Texas, Baylor and Tulane.

Loyola Law's Trial Advocacy Team that recently placed first in the Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition at Quinnipiac University in New Haven, Connecticut. As a result of this win, Loyola's team has been invited to participate in the ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition at John Marshall Law School in Chicago in March 2010.  

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law students, Megan Peterson, Tyler Rench, and Kelly Stein (coach) recently competed in the John Marshall Law School Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law in Chicago, Illinois. The team competed against 32 other teams from across the United States, as well as several International teams.

Great News!! The National Moot Court Team advanced to the FINAL FOUR out of 189 teams participating. Unfortunately, they did not advance against Chicago Kent to the final round. Thank you to all of you for your help in mooting them and giving them the confidence to reach their potential! We should be very proud of Chris Otten, Rick Brown, Katie May, and Leigh Anne Gilchrist. As you can see, while we did not advance further, we did a MAGNIFICENT job.

Mardi Gras Sports and Entertainment Law Moot Court Team, comprised of Patrick Cole (Coach), Byron Arthur and Arielle McConduit (Oralist), and Meg Alsfeld (Brief Writer), competed in the Tulane Mardi Gras Moot Court Competition, and finished in the Top 8 out of 45 Teams competition. Meg Alsfeld’s Brief was recognized as one of the Top 5 in the competition, and won the award for Best Respondent Brief. Please join with me in congratulating the team for a job well done.

The Bankruptcy Moot Court Team competed at the 17th Annual Chief Judge Conrad B. Duberstein National Bankruptcy Memorial Moot Court Competition at St. Johns Law School in New York were they finished in the Top 16 out of 48 national moot court programs. Their brief was also recognized at the Awards Banquet in New York as one of the Top 5 in the competition, and the only Petitioner brief among those top 5. The team is composed of Patrick Cole (coach), Anthony Bayers (Brief Writer) and Lindsey Surrat and Josh Phanco (oralists).


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