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Moot Court team makes it to final four in national competition

February 20, 2009

Back row, left to right: Chris Otten, Leigh Anne Gilchrist, Moot Court Chair John Garrett. Front row: Richard Brown, Katie May

Following their regional championships win, the Moot Court team of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law competed in New York City on Feb. 2 against 27 other national teams from 13 regions.

The national competition began with all 28 teams competing in two rounds of arguments. In these rounds, Loyola defeated the University of Kansas and the University of Minnesota. Based on these two wins and their high brief score, Loyola advanced to the top 16. After being seeded sixth among the remaining teams, they argued against the University of Kansas again, defeating them by seven points. Loyola then advanced to the top eight and competed against Loyola University Chicago, beating them by 10 points. In the final four round, Loyola competed against Chicago-Kent College of Law where they were finally defeated by only three points in oral arguments. Chicago-Kent then went on to win the national competition.

Team members include students Richard Brown, Chris Otten and brief writer Katie May. The team is coached by fellow student Leigh Anne Gilchrist, and advised by Monica Wallace, associate professor in the College of Law.

“I speak for the entire law school community when I express how proud I am of the team’s accomplishments,” said Wallace. “They demonstrated an unwavering desire to achieve and effectively put into practice the skills they have learned in law school. Bringing a Final Four appearance to Loyola will certainly encourage other students to hone their advocacy skills and follow in their lead.”

The Loyola Moot Court Program endeavors to foster the art of appellate advocacy with responsiveness and enthusiasm through team advancement, academic support and community involvement, thereby enhancing national recognition and pride among its members.

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