Briefing Room


Moritz teams advance to nationals, bring home awards

March 7, 2013 | Students

From Boston to Ann Arbor to Akron to Columbus, students at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law spent the month of February in tough competition with other law students in a number of tournaments.

  • For the first time in at least 12 years, two moot court teams have advanced to the finals of the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition, slated for April 4-6 in Chicago. The ABA Scarlet and Grey moot court teams are comprised entirely of 3Ls. Read here about how underdogs Jason Grenell, Caitlin Murphy, and Kristine Murphy bested other teams in four straight rounds, in addition to the victories enjoyed by the undefeated team of Nikki Baszynski, Ashley Johns, and Christina Karam.
  • The National Trial Competition team of 2Ls Gus Lazares and Kathryn Wallrabenstein came in first out 22 teams in a regional competition held at the University of Akron. They were voted best trial advocacy team in five straight trials and received “best advocate” votes from 14 out of 15 lawyers/judges. They head to San Antonio in April for finals. Read more here.
  • 3L Amanda Parker tied for the “Best Mediator” award at the Great Lakes Mediation Tournament, held March 2-3 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Parker and her teammates –3Ls Brittany Doggett and Whitney Siehl and 2L Mingzi Ouyang (alternate) – competed in the weekend-long competition that started with a mediation clinic that was followed by two days of simulated mediations.
  • The team of 2L Benjamin Duval and 3L Luke Fedlam were awarded “Best Draft” during a regional competition of the 2013 National Transactional LawMeet in Springfield, Mass. The duo spent many hours drafting their amendments and markups in preparation for the competition. Read about the achievement here.
  • Finally, back in Drinko Hall in Columbus, 21st Annual Herman Moot Court Competition concluded Feb. 28 with oral arguments from 2L finalists David Dirisamer, Melvis Houseman, Colin Kalvas, and Jim Saywell. A panel of judges voted Kalvas as “Best Oralist.” Awards for “Best Brief” and “Best Overall” will be announced at a later date. Read more about the competition here.