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Fall 2013


Banner year for Moot Court Program

It was one of the best years ever for the Moot Court Program at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, with students bringing awards home to Columbus from 12 of the 15 moot court, trial, and negotiating competitions they participated in across the country.

The honors and accolades included a national championship team at the oldest moot court competition in the United States and a national best advocate award.

The strong showing from Moritz teams earned the school an invitation to the 2014 Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship, which will be held Jan. 22-25 in Houston. The championship invites the 16 top-ranked programs from the previous academic year to compete in one national championship showdown.

The following is a recap of the 2012-13 Moot Court Program’s achievements:

  • The Constitutional Law Team, composed of Ariel Brough ’13, rising 3L Jim Saywell, and Whitney Siehl ’13, was crowned national champion at the Sutherland Cup Moot Court Competition in March. The Sutherland Cup is the oldest national moot court competition in the U.S. It is an appellate advocacy competition focusing on constitutional law.
  • Nikki Trautman Baszynski ’13 was declared “National Best Advocate” at the 36th
    Annual American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition in
    April. In addition to winning “National Best Advocate,” students brought home hardware for both teams being regional champions; for the ABA Scarlet as a national semifinalist; for the ABA Scarlet for fourth-place in “Best Brief”; for Baszynski as eighth-place “Best Advocate” from the Boston regional and second-place “Best Advocate” from the national preliminary rounds; and for Ashley Johns ’13 as 10th-place “National Best Advocate.”
  • Gus Lazares ’14 and Katie Wallrabenstein ’14 finished as quarter-finalists in the 2013 National Trial Competition.
  • Lisa Herman ’14 and Alyssa Staudinger ’13 were national semifinalists in the Wechsler Criminal Law Moot Court Competition.
  • Amanda Parker ’13 tied for the “Best Mediator” award at the Great Lakes Mediation Tournament.
  • The Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Team of Holly Coats ’13, Justin Joyce ’13, and Matt Strayer ’14 advanced to the octo-final rounds of the 37th Annual Robert F. Wagner Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition. Strayer came in second for “Best Oralist” in preliminary rounds.
  • The Corporate Law Team was a national quarter-finalist at the Ruby R. Vale
    Interschool Corporate Law Moot Court Competition in March.
  • The team of Benjamin Duval ’14 and Luke Fedlam ’13 were awarded “Best
    Draft” during a regional competition of the 2013 National Transactional LawMeet.
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