Competing at the regional and national level unquestionably enhances members' law school experience, provides exceptional networking opportunities, and uniquely affords practical application of academic lessons and skills. Students who wish to hone their written, oral, and negotiating advocacy skills are strongly encouraged to seek membership on our competition teams.
The Advocacy Center programs enjoy recognition for competitive excellence on regional, national, and international levels. Teams from ADR, International Advocacy, Moot Court, and Trial Ad compete in both the fall and spring semesters. In the 2018-19 academic year, 18 Loyola teams competed in 16 competitions and advanced or placed in over half. Click here to read all about our teams' successes!
So far this year, our Constitutional Criminal Procedure Moot Court Team advanced to the Quarterfinals and placed second for Best Respondent's Brief, and our Costello Trial Ad Team advanced to the final four and won Runner Up Prosecution Team!
(Pictured L-R: Ausin Welch, Brooke Marcello, Patrick Jackson)
The Constitutional Criminal Procedure Moot Court team competes each year in the National Criminal Procedure Competition held at the University of San Diego. Overall, the team advanced to the quarterfinals in the oral argument out of 40 teams. The team placed SECOND for Best Respondent's Brief. Outstanding work and kudos to Brooke Marcello, Austin Welch, and Patrick Jackson (coach). Special thanks to Professor Leslie Shoebotham, faculty advisor.
(Pictured L-R: Katelyn McGibney, Sucheta Roy, Gabriella Borders)
The First Amendment team participated in the 26th Annual Burton D. Wechsler National Moot Court Competition in October. They advanced to the quarterfinals. Awesome job and kudos to Sucheta Roy, Gabriella Broders, Katelyn McGibney, and Andie Tate (coach). Special thanks to Evan Bergeron, adjunct advisor.
(Pictured L-R: Kelly Gismondi, Taylor Sommerville, Angela Bautista)
The National Moot Court Team competed in the 70th Annual New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Competition hosted by the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in Memphis, TN. The team advanced to the quarterfinal round. Congrats to Angela Bautista, Hannah Pizzini, Taylor Sommerville, and Kelly Gismondi (coach). Special thanks to Professor Monica Wallace, faculty advisor.
(Pictured L-R: Megan Uptegrove, Emily Welch, Eleanor Schutte, Rachel Rowe)
The ABA Moot Court Team will compete in the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition in the spring of 2020. Good luck to Megan Uptegrove, Eleanor Schutte, Rachel Rowe, and Emily Welch (coach). Special thanks to Professor Emily Bishop, faculty advisor.
(Pictured L-R: Cate Creed, Jodi Hill, Peter Graffeo)
The Pace Environmental Moot Court team will compete in February 2020 in the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. Good luck to Cate Creed, Peter Graffeo, and Jodi Hill. Special thanks to Professor Karen Sokol, faculty advisor.
(Pictured L-R: Kyle Koch, Jillian Morrison, Patrick Jackson, Jenna Wright, Sabrine Mohamad)
The Jessup International Moot Court team will compete in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in the spring of 2020. Good luck to Kyle Koch, Sabrine Mohamad, Jenna Wright, Jillian Morrison, and Patrick Jackson (coach). Special thanks to Professor Nikolaos Davrados, faculty advisor.
(Pictured L-R: Corbin Bates, Blake Daigle, Trinity Goines)
The Admiralty Moot Court Team will compete in the 27th Annual Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition which will be held April 2-4, 2020, in Portland, ME. Good luck to Corbin Bates, Blake Daigle, Ava Wolf, and Trinity Goines (coach). Special thanks to Professor Arthur Crais, faculty advisor.
(Pictured L-R: Nicholas Anthony, Bria Saunders)
The Mardi Gras Invitational Moot Court Team will compete in the 25th Annual Tulane Mardi Gras Invitational Appellate Sports Law Competition which will be held February 19-21, 2020, in New Orleans, LA. Good luck to Wynton Yates, Nicholas Anthony, Bria Saunders, and Kyle Stadtlander (coach). Special thanks to Todd Wallace, adjunct advisor.
(Pictured L-R: Adam Carlisle, Laura Alexander, Delia Gavin, Conner Peth)
The Willem C. Vis Moot Court Team will compete in the 27th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition which will be held April 2-9, 2020, in Vienna, Austria. Good luck to Conner Peth, Delia Gavin, Adam Carlisle, and Laura Alexander. Special thanks to Professor Rob Garda, faculty advisor.
(Pictured L-R: Shanice Smith-Banks, Christopher Kerrigan, Katherine Messina, Brandi Cormier)
The Costello Trial Ad team competed Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2020, in the John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition in Washington, D.C. In a field of 32 teams, they advanced to the FINAL FOUR and won Runner Up Prosecution Team. The team competed against Mercer, Florida State, Georgetown, and Tulane. We are so proud of Shanice Smith-Banks, Katherine Messina, Christopher Kerrigan, and Brandi Cormier (coach). Special thanks to Nick Bergeron, practitioner coach.
(Pictured F-B: Jennifer Stucker, John Zimmer, Jacob Williams, Grayson Lorey)
The ABA Law Student Division Competition Team competed in the ABA Negotiation Competition held at Tulane University on November 16-17, 2019. The team successfully negotiated two rounds, besting the nationally ranked St. Mary's University! Congratulations to Grayson Lorey, Jacob Williams, Jennifer Stucker, and John Zimmer. Special thanks to Professor Bobby Harges, faculty advisor.