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Moot Court

Moot Court

The Moot Court Program at Loyola New Orleans is built on consistency and excellence. The comprehensive program is designed to give students the opportunity to participate effectively in intramural and intercollegiate moot court competitions. Students build and perfect the art of persuasive oral advocacy and the skills of proficient brief writing.

Beginning the first year of law school, students have the opportunity to take the Loyola Moot Court Course in effective appellate advocacy. Selections for Moot Court Staff positions are made following the course in an annual intramural competition.


2015-2016 Executive Board

Chynna Anderson – Chairman
Amanda Huff – Selection Chairman
Taifa Goff – Alumni Co-Chairman
Mike Melucci – Alumni Co-Chairman
Alexander Licznerski – National Team Coach
Ana Bondoc – Team Administrator

Full Biographies

Faculty Advisor:  Professor Monica Hof Wallace

Teams and Accomplishments

2015-2016 National Criminal Procedure Team

Coach: Deil LaLande
Brief Writer/Oralist: Hope Del Rio
Oralist: John Yadamec

The National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Team participated in the University of San Diego’s National Criminal Procedure Competition November 5th through November 8th. Brief Writer/Oralist Hope Del Rio, Oralist John Yadamec and Coach Deil LaLande attended and competed against 35 schools from around the country. The team performed exceptionally well at competition, placing fourth overall. The team also took home an award for 3rd Best Respondent Brief, and John Yadamec won 4th Best Oralist at the competition!  Hope received excellent reviews from her judges, where she was complimented on her tremendous knowledge of the law and her passionate demeanor.  Judges stated that they “learned new things” from John’s argument and complimented his strong courtroom presence. The Moot Court Program is extremely proud of the team’s success and congratulates these students on a job well done!


The National Team

Coach: Alexander Licznerski
Brief Writer: Megan Kirst
Oralist: Kevin Hicks
Oralist: Megan Mitchell

Loyola’s 2015-2016 National Moot Court Team competed this November in Oxford, Mississippi. This year’s oralists, Megan Mitchell and Kevin Hicks, were both highly praised by several judges during the competition for their talent. Both oralists received high scores through two rounds of competition. None of this was possible without the team’s brief writer, Megan Kirst, who was able to take complex issues and create exemplary arguments. In addition, the team’s coach, Alexander Licznerski, prepared the team for a tough competition. This year’s problem focused on whether obtaining a personal benefit by giving away trade secrets constitutes a benefit with regards to insider trading and whether grand jury testimony constitutes admissible prior testimony under the Federal Rules of Evidence. The Moot Court Program congratulates the 2015-2016 National Team and is proud of their hard work and skill!