Scott Moot Court Team takes top honors at major CA competition

Loyola's Scott Moot Court Team took home top honors at the Roger J. Traynor Moot Court Competition held in Fresno. Team members Paloma Carrero, Stephanie Strellrecht and Stephen Shaner advanced to the final round of the competition this year before being narrowly defeated by the host law school.

In addition to besting 16 other law school teams to become finalists, the Loyola team also earned the following awards:

  • Second Place for The Roger J. Traynor Award for Oral Argument
  • Second Place for The California Academy of Appellate Lawyer Award for Brief Writing
  • Second Place for The Bernard E. Witkin Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy (for combined brief and oral argument score)
  • Paloma Carrero and Stephen Shaner also received top ten advocate awards.

The Traynor competition is the only moot court competition focusing exclusively on California law, with 18 other California law schools competing for honors.  Throughout the course of the competition, the teams brief and argue a hypothetical case before the California Court of Appeal.  All of the teams compete in two preliminary rounds, and thereafter the two teams with the highest combined brief and oral advocacy scores compete in the final round.  The competition was held in the Fresno Federal Courthouse before federal and state court judges.  

These teams both participated in an advanced writing seminar over the summer to prepare for the competition and worked on the brief from early January through early March.  The teams prepared their oral arguments from March through early April arguing before panels of guest judges including faculty and practitioners.  The teams are provided one-on-one coaching by alum Erin Dunkerly ‘08.  

 The achievement of these teams builds upon the prior success of Loyola's Moot Court Program.  In the past few years, Loyola teams have been regional champions in the National Moot Court Competition, the ABA Competition and have won the Traynor Moot Court Competition 2010, as well as won numerous brief and oralist awards.