Students crowned regional champions of the National Moot Court Competition
Loyola students Lori Levine, Heewon “Heidi” Seo, and Andrew Talebi brought home the title of regional champions at the National Moot Court Competition. The National Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the New York City Bar Association, brings together 193 teams from 131 law schools across the United States to brief and argue a hypothetical case before the United States Supreme Court. At the regional competition, moot court teams from southern California law schools competed in two preliminary rounds, and thereafter the teams with the highest combined brief and oral advocacy scores competed in the quarter final, semi-final and final rounds.
The Loyola team also won “Best Brief,” and Heidi Seo won “Best Oralist” in the competition. As regional champions, they will advance to the final rounds of the National Moot Court Competition that will take place in New York in February 2014. The team was coached by alumnus Robert “Tony” Mata '10.
The achievement of this team builds upon the continued 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, as well as won numerous brief and oralist awards. Loyola's standout moot court program is a tribute to the students who have competed as well as Loyola's Appellate Advocacy Program in general – from the Appellate Advocacy Course, to the Scott Moot Court Competition and the Summer Brief Writing Seminar conducted specifically for the Scott Moot Court Honors Board.