Loyola’s Moot Court Teams Secure Major Wins in Spring 2018

Loyola's Trial Advocacy & Moot Court Teams Continue Legacy of Excellence

Members of Loyola's Byrne Trial Advocacy Team were named National Semifinalists at the 2018 National Board of Trial Advocates' Tournament of Champions.

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles’ moot court teams have already excelled in the spring 2018 semester, securing victories at a range of premier trial and appellate advocacy events and advancing to the national championship rounds of several competitions.

“Loyola has always been known as a litigator’s law school, and our trial and appellate teams are no exception,” says Professor Susan Poehls, Loyola’s Director of Trial Advocacy Programs. “The best part is that generations of our best advocates regularly return to campus to help our students. It’s a true team effort, and it makes a difference.”

Recent Loyola wins include:

Regional Champions, National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition

Competing against more than 220 teams in the largest and most prestigious moot court competition in the country, the ABA Moot Court Team’s Bulmaro Huante, Esther Shin and Brantley Pepperman went undefeated in all rounds to win the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition. They also won 3rd prize for Best Brief. The ABA Moot Court Team, a subset of the Scott Moot Court Honors Board, will now compete in the National Finals of the ABA Competition in Washington, D.C. in April.

Meanwhile, Aurora Lopez, Yao Mou and Weston Rowland advanced undefeated into the semi-final round and lost on a split ballot. This represents the third time that a Loyola team has reached the ABA Competition National Finals since 2010, and the sixth time in eight years that a Loyola team has advanced to the regional championship.

Credit for this success goes to Professor Rebecca Delfino, Loyola’s Faculty Director of Moot Court Programs, and all the faculty members and alumni who helped students develop their advocacy skills via first-year Legal Research & Writing classes, Appellate Advocacy, the Scott Moot Court Competition and Loyola’s Brief Writing Summer Seminar.

Regional Champions, National Trial Competition

Byrne Trial Advocacy Team members Avi Feinstein, Stephanie Grimaldi and Abigail Hudson won the regional National Trial Competition and will compete at the national championships in April.

A second team – Leonardo Kim, Bryan Luther and Gagan Batth – made it all the way to the semi-finals, where they narrowly lost to the other regional champion. This represents Loyola’s 23rd regional championship win in 29 years.

“Our students are great, but we couldn’t have done it without the support and mentorship of our amazing alumni,” says Poehls, a Loyola alumna herself.

Moot Court Team Displays Excellence in California Law

The Loyola Law School team competing in the 2018 Roger J. Traynor Moot Court Competition won second "Best Brief" overall, with all three oralists taking the top individual oralist awards. The team also won the Bernard Witkin Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy, the competition's top overall award. This was the third time in the last nine years that a Loyola Law School team has advanced to the final round of the the only moot court competition that focuses exclusively on California law.

Semifinalists, Tulane International Baseball Arbitration Tournament

Loyola's Baseball Arbitration Team of Aaron Rowland, Blake Barrow and Conor Gilligan finished third out of 37 teams in the prestigious tournament, where they were narrowly edged out by the University of Virginia team that ultimately won the competition. Team coach and Adjunct Professor Joe Longo ’90 a sports agent at Glaser Weil, guided the team, which represented Loyola before judges that included professional sports agents and representatives from Major League Baseball teams.

Quarterfinalists and Best Brief/Oralist, National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

Loyola National Environmental Law Moot Court Team members Gabriela S. Perez, Joshua Smith and Mehrdad Safvati competed against 58 other teams in the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. The Loyola team won "Best Brief" for their side, and they advanced to the quarter-final rounds. Perez was also recognized as “Best Oralist” for the third preliminary round.

Finalists and Best Brief, Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition

Mildred Lima-Gonzalez, Sarah Orozco and Victor Chavez competed as the No. 1 seed in the 23rd-annual Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition, held by the Hispanic National Bar Association from March 17-18, 2018 in San Francisco. As part of the competition, the team argued a case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and took home the award for Best Brief, ultimately finishing third among 30-plus teams. Alumna Monique Alarcon was one of many who helped the team prepare.

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