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2015-2016 Moot Court Team Achievements

PACE Environmental Law Team

Coach: Sarah Thompson
Brief Writer/Oralist: Whitney Brady
Oralist: Henry Gerbracht
Oralist: Sara Huffman

The Loyola Moot Court Program is proud to announce the many great successes of the 2016 PACE Environmental Moot Court Team! The problem presented for briefing involved questions of jurisdiction, federalism, environmental protection, and technological advances in the field of air quality control. Quarterfinalists Whitney Brady, Sara Huffman, and Henry Gerbracht mastered, and expertly argued a number of scientifically complex and legally intricate terms, statutes and concepts. The team performed excellently by writing an outstanding brief and then debating their way through four competitive rounds of arguments, before finally being eliminated by the tournament champions. Oralist and brief writer Whitney Brady along with oralist Henry Gerbracht received honorable mention in both of their preliminary rounds, and oralist Sara Huffman received the “fighting heart” award for her dogged and unapologetic representation of the Petitioner. In addition, the team’s coach, Sarah Thompson, did an outstanding job in preparing her team for a fierce competition.

 

JESSUP International Law Team

Coach: Sam Furman
Brief Writer/Oralist: Nick Pierce
Oralist: Christopher Joseph
Oralist: Kari Fleming

The Loyola Moot Court Program would like to congratulate the 2015-2016 JESSUP International Law Team on their many accomplishments! This year’s Compromis focused on the admissibility of evidence, attribution, expropriation, the right to trial, and terrorism.  The team competed at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Region held in Denver, Colorado in February. Oralist/Brief Writer Amanda Meadow, Oralist/Brief Writer Nick Pierce, Oralist Christopher Joseph, and Oralist Kari Fleming competed against sixteen other schools from around the country. At competition, the team won two out of four argument rounds. In addition, the team’s Memorial (Brief) placed 7th overall, and Nick Pierce won 7th Best Oralist at the competition out of about sixty-four oralists that competed! Moreover, the team’s coach, Sam Furman, worked tirelessly to prepare the team for a tough competition. The Moot Court Program is proud of these students for their hard work and exceptional performance!

 

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Team

Coach: Jamie Gontarek
Brief Writer/Oralist: Alayna Carroll
Oralist: Zachary Ardoin

The ABA National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Team participated in the Regional Competition in Boston from March 3rd through March 5th, where they competed against thirty-two teams. Tackling both a fourth amendment issue and a federal hate crime issue, the team won all three preliminary rounds against Notre Dame, Texas Tech, and Temple Law School. The team was the fifth seed in the competition into semi-finals and narrowly lost in the semi-final round by one point. Throughout the tournament, both Alayna and Zachary scored in the 90s in their individual oralist scores. The brief, written by Alayna, scored higher than both Notre Dame’s and Temple’s brief. Both Alayna and Zachary were given exemplary feedback regarding their courtroom demeanor and knowledge of the record and law. In addition, the team’s coach, Jamie Gontarek, did an exemplary job in preparing her team for competition. The Moot Court Program is extremely proud of these students and their hard work!

 

Admiralty Law Team

Coach: Mark Owens
Oralist/Brief Writer: Ryan Quinones
Oralist: John Yadamec
Oralist: Bryan O'Neill

The Moot Court Program would like to recognize the 2015-2016 Admiralty Law Moot Court Team for their accomplishments at the John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition that took place in San Francisco, California in March. The team went 2-1 as oralists. In addition, the petitioner team of John Yadamec and Bryan O'Neill defeated the eventual champions from LSU in oral advocacy in the first round! John Yadamec took home the honor of 4th best oralist overall, and all of the judges noted that John was a "natural at speaking,” showing both confidence and ease in his argument. Bryan O'Neill was repeatedly complimented on his impressive knowledge of the law and level of preparation. In addition, Ryan Quinones was complimented on his natural ability to speak and his strong closings within his argument. Finally, the Moot Court Program would like to thank Coach Mark Owens for his dedication to his team in their preparation for competition!

 

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: Magen 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, Magen 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! 

 

First Amendment Team

Coach: Hope Phelps
Brief Writer/Oralist: Lacey McCoy
Oralist: Scott Hamilton

Loyola's First Amendment Moot Court Team participated in the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. on March 18th and 19th. The team placed ninth out of twenty-four teams in the preliminary rounds, narrowly missing the cut off for quarter-finals by less than a point.  The competition problem focused on the Free Speech, Free Exercise, and Establishment clauses of the First Amendment.  Lacey McCoy, the team's brief writer successfully tackled this complex problem in the brief.  Additionally, Lacey developed strong legal arguments on both the Petitioner and Respondent sides for the team to use at competition.  The oralists received praise for their handling of rapid fire questions in both rounds.  Specifically, the judges noted that the team was well prepared, poised, and maintained a professional demeanor throughout the argument.  Scott Hamilton was commended for his commanding presence and ability to speak with conviction on both sides.  One judge even remarked that she had taken a certain position after reading the bench brief, but that Scott managed to sway her to the other side.  Lacey was commended for her juggling of the facts and law.  The judges noted that Lacey was well versed in the case law and record, and were impressed with her ability to weave the facts and law into her answers so as to seamlessly transition back into her argument.  Lacey used this to the team's advantage on rebuttal in the first round when she swiftly discredited opposing counsel's interpretation of the cases. The Moot Court Program is very proud of the team's hard work and dedication! 

 

2014-2015 2015-2016 Moot Court Team Achievements

National Team


Full Biographies
Coach: Shelby Johnson
Brief Writer: Stephanie Giglio
Oralist: Rebecca Bartlett
Oralist: Scott Richard

The National Moot Court Team competed last weekend in their Regional Competition at Cumberland School of Law and placed SECOND OVERALL and will be advancing to the National Competition in February! The team's brief, written by Stephanie Giglio, was the best and highest scoring brief in the competition. Oralists Scott Richard and Rebecca Bartlett gave outstanding performances on both the Petitioner and Respondent sides of the argument.  In the preliminary rounds, the team defeated LSU and the University of Memphis to advance unanimously undefeated into the final rounds. The team also defeated the University of Alabama in the semi-final round. In the final round, the team lost to the University of Tennessee by less than one point.  The team members along with their coach, Shelby Johnson,  are looking forward to representing Loyola in the National Competition in New York City in February. Please join me in thanking the National Team for their hard work and congratulating them on their accomplishments.

 

Civil Rights Team

The Civil Rights Team competed in the 2014 Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Competition at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia on October 10th-12th. After three preliminary rounds before prestigious judges such as the Attorney General for the State of Georgia and Chief Counsel for the Center for Disease Control, the team advanced to the Top 16. After a challenging round in the octofinals, the team was not selected to advance to the quarterfinals. The entire team received excellent scores throughout all four rounds of arguments and were consistently praised by the judges for their composure, knowledge of the facts, and ingenuity in constructing novel arguments. Team members include: Shenitria Myles (Oralist), Jonathan Lewis (Oralist), Ana Maria Corazon Bondoc (Oralist/Brief Writer), Danilo Bandovic (Coach). 

 

First Amendment Team

The First Amendment Team competed in the 2014 Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition at American University Washington College of Law on October 17th-18th. They successfully argued the preliminary rounds and were chosen to advanced to the top 16.  The team fought hard in the next round but was unable to advance. Throughout the entire competition the team received many compliments on their advocacy skills and their ability to remain composed when asked tough questions. It was particularly noted that the team's argument was very smart and innovative. Team members include Allyson LaBruzza (Brief writer/oralist), Hope Phelps (Oralist), and Ranchaela Ward (Coach).

 

National Criminal Procedure Team

Moot court would like to congratulate Kevin Hicks (oralist) and Chynna Anderson (oralist and brief writer) for their excellent performance at the National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition. The competition took place in San Diego, California on November 6th-9th.  The team argued four preliminary rounds placing in the top 8 teams, and advancing to the next round. Though the team was ultimately eliminated, it received high marks on the brief and great feedback from judges in regard to both oralists' exceptional oral advocacy skills.  The team would like to thank Coach Rachel Scarafia, for her dedication and contribution.

 

2007-2008 Moot Court Team Achievements

58th Annual National Competition in New York

Southern Regional Runners Up
Will Advance to National Competition in New York in January 2008

12th Annual Stetson University Law School International Environmental Competition

Placed 1st in International competition (80 teams competed from over 20 countries)
International Competition: Best Oralist – Chris Otten
Runner Up Best Memorial (brief) Overall – Brandon Robb

Placed 2nd in North American Competition
North American Competition: Best Memorial (brief) Overall - Brandon Robb
Best Oralist – Chris Otten

26th Annual International Information Technology and Privacy Law Competition at John Marshall Law School in Chicago

Placed 1st (24 teams competed)

16th Annual Southern Illinois University School of Law National Health Law Competition

Finished in the Top 16

 

2006-2007 Moot Court Team Achievements

57th Annual National Competition in New York

Southern Regional Champions; Advanced to National competition in New York
Finished in the top 16 teams in the Nation (130 teams competed)
Team Members – Eboni Williams, Barrett Stephens, Victoria White; Coach- Michelle Anderson

25th Annual International Information Technology and Privacy Law Competition at John Marshall Law School in Chicago

Placed 2nd overall (28 international competed)
Runner-up best respondent brief
Susannah Barr – 4th best oralist overall (56 oralists)
Team Members – Susannah Barr, Joey LaHatte, Katy Kennedy
Coach - Rachael Patton Catalanotto

17th Annual National First Amendment Competition at the First Amendment Center and Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville

Placed 2nd overall (38 team competed)
Team Members – Laura Cocus, Katie Francioni; Coach - Rachael P. Catalanotto

National Thurgood Marshal Federal Bar Competition in Washington, D.C. 

Placed 3rd Overall (16 teams competed)
Team Members - Sarah Roy, Andrew Davies; Coach - Michelle Anderson

Federal Bar Moot Court Competition (Sent 2 Teams)

Placed in the top 8 overall
Team Members - Gere Cole, Tiffany Brown; Coach - Ernest Gilliam

Tulane Moot Court Mardi Gras Invitational 

Placed in the top 8 overall (32 teams competed)
Stacie Jirovec - 2nd best oralist overall
Team Members- Stacie Jirovec, Michelle Miller, Crystal Elliers; Coach - Lauren Boudreaux

15th Annual Chief Judge Conrad B. Duberstein National Memorial Moot Court Competition  

Placed in the top 8 overall (46 teams competed)
Brooke Crocker received “Outstanding Oralist” award
Team Members - Brooke Crocker, Robin Arnold, Emma Hennigan; Coach - Gina Mattaliano

22nd Annual Prince Evidence Competition 

Placed in the top 16 overall (38 teams competed)
Team Members - Bailey Dirmann, Zanada Joiner, Chris Hannan; Coach - Katie Caswell

11th Annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition 

Michael Palestina - 4th best oralist overall
Team Members - Michael Palestina, Carrie Pailet, Heidi Kellner; Coach - Katie Caswell

9th Annual Pepperdine Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition 

Tiana Christopher placed in the top 15 best oralists overall
Team Members - Tiana Christopher, Kendall James, Kieffer Johnson; Coach - Ernest Gilliam

 

2004-2005 Moot Court Team Achievements

56th Annual National Competition in New York 

Regionals: Quarterfinalists and 1st Place Oralist

10th Annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition 

2nd Place Overall; 2nd Place Oralist Award; Best Brief Award; Top U.S. Team

24th Annual International Information Technology and Privacy Law Competition at John Marshall Law School in Chicago 

Advanced to the Second Round, Top 8 brief

Pepperdine Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition  

Advanced to Third Round; Best Brief Award

Tulane Moot Court Mardi Gras Invitational 

Octofinalists

16th Annual National First Amendment Competition at the First Amendment Center and Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville 

9th Overall out of 36 Teams

21st Annual Prince Evidence Competition 

Advanced to the Final Eight

 

2003-2004 Moot Court Team Achievements

55th Annual National Competition in New York 

National Competition: Top 16 of 190 teams
Regional Competition: Best Brief, 1st, 3rd, and 6th Place Oralist

9th Annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition 

Advanced to Elite 8, final team from U.S.

23rd Annual International Information Technology and Privacy Law Competition at John Marshall Law School in Chicago 

Advanced to the Second Round, Top 8 brief

Pepperdine Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition  

Advanced to Third Round

Tulane Moot Court Mardi Gras Invitational 

Placed 3rd Overall, 3rd Best Brief

20th Annual Prince Evidence Competition 

Advanced to the Quarterfinals

 

2002-2003 Moot Court Team Achievements

54th Annual National Competition in New York 

Top 16 of 190 teams,
Regional Competition: First Runner Up, Best Brief

Tulane Moot Court Mardi Gras Invitational 

First Runner Up

19th Annual Prince Evidence Competition 

Advanced to Quarterfinals

22nd Annual International Information Technology and Privacy Law Competition at John Marshall Law School in Chicago 

Advanced to Quarterfinals

Pepperdine Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition

 

2001-2002 Moot Court Team Achievements

Tulane Moot Court Mardi Gras Invitational 

Semifinalists and Best Brief Award

 

2000-2001 Moot Court Team Achievements

51st Annual National Competition in New York 

Third Place, Best Oralist and Second Best Oralist

Tulane Moot Court Mardi Gras Invitational 

Best Brief Award

6th Annual International Environmental Moot Court Competition 

First Place
Best and Second Best Oralist

12th Annual National First Amendment Competition at the First Amendment Center and Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville 

Second Best Brief Award