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Law School 2Ls Shine in New Moot Court Event

APRIL 4, 2012—Law School teams made an excellent showing at the inaugural Minnesota Moot Court Competition, held March 30-31, 2012, at the University of St. Thomas Law School.

The team of Annie Balghiti (’13) and Michael Kruckow (’13), coached by Shaun Redford (’09), won the competition. The team of Aalok Sharma (’13) and Ashley Schmit (’13), coached by Jessica Nowlin (’10) and Jack Sullivan (’10), captured Top Brief honors. Kruckow also took the Best Oralist award.

The hypothetical moot court problem, based on a case currently pending before the Minnesota Supreme Court, concerned a mortuary-science student disciplined by her mythical university for posting her lab work with a cadaver to online page. She sued the university, alleging that the discipline violated her constitutional right to free speech. Debates considered the proper test to use in determining whether and when a school may discipline student speech that originates off-campus and whether the university acted appropriately in deciding that the student's speech created a substantial disruption within the university.

The idea of a one-weekend, intercollegiate appellate moot court tournament for local law schools orginated at St. Thomas last fall. A St. Thomas alumnus, Frank Aba-Onu of Aafedt, Forde, Gray, Monson & Hager, organized this first tournament.


MN Moot Court Students

From left are: Michael Kruckow (’13), Ashley Schmit (’13), Aalok Sharma (’13), and Annie Balghiti (’13).