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Law student teams shine in major competitions

February 26, 2010

Left to right are Jordan Jeansonne, Tiffany Tate, Matthew Cutrer and Elissa Blache. Taken at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Loyola University New Orleans took top honors during the 15th Annual Mardi Gras Moot Court Competition hosted by Tulane University Law School.

The Mardi Gras Competition is an appellate advocacy tournament involving novel issues of sports and entertainment law. This year’s competition featured 40 law schools from around the country and presented a hypothetical case that mirrored the ongoing National Football League StarCaps case. In this case, five NFL players sued the NFL for allegedly violating state drug-testing laws after they were suspended for use of a banned diuretic in the diet supplement StarCaps.

The Loyola Mardi Gras Moot Court Team included law students Matt Cutrer, Tiffany Tate and Elissa Blache. Jordan Jeansonne coached the team, which posted one of the highest brief scores of the competition and achieved a perfect 7-0 record in advancing to the final round. In addition, Blache was awarded best oralist of the entire competition.

Loyola’s team defeated Southwestern Law School of Los Angeles, Calif., in the final round featuring a panel of six judges. They included Richard House, general counsel for the New Orleans Hornets, and Andrew Brandt, former vice president of the Green Bay Packers and founder of the National Football Post newsletter and website.

Loyola College of Law’s Environmental Moot Court team also made waves in February at the 22nd Annual Pace Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in White Plains, N.Y. Team members included law students Caitlin Byars, Lindsey Crow, Steven Lord. Their coach was law student Kelly Stein.

They competed against more than 80 teams from across the country. Both Byars and Crow were named best oralists in two of the three preliminary rounds in which they argued. The team was also awarded best appellant’s brief. As a result of their success, their brief will be published in the Pace Environmental Law Journal this fall.

Finally, Loyola’s First Amendment Moot Court Team was a top four finalist in the 20th Annual First Amendment Center Moot Court Competition in Nashville, Tenn. Team members included law students Desmonde Bennett and Evan Bergeron, and Nicole Stillwell, who coached the team. The competition, hosted by the First Amendment Center and Vanderbilt University Law School, features a current First Amendment controversy before panels of accomplished jurists, legal scholars and attorneys.

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.

For more information on the College of Law, contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888 or jshields@loyno.edu.

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