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National Moot Court Team Advances to Nationals

NOVEMBER 13, 2012—Congratulations to the Law School's National Moot Court teams and their successful showings at the regional tournament hosted by the University of South Dakota Law School on Nov. 9-10, 2012.

The Respondent team (3Ls Kyle Hardwick, Leah Kippola, and Holly Miller) won the Regional Respondent Best Brief and the Overall Best Brief trophy with the highest score in the tournament. The team was undefeated until the regional championship, when it lost to the only other then undefeated team. Nonetheless, the Respondent team qualified for an invitation to the national final rounds, to be held Jan. 28-31, 2013, at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

The Petitioner team (3Ls Brian Bell, Nik Soukonnikov, and Ashley Walek Thronson) also had a successful tournament, writing the Regional Petitioner Best Brief and arguing well.

The teams were coached by Clinical Professor Brad Clary (’75) and Adjunct Professor Kristin Sankovitz (’99). Law School students have advanced to the national finals 10 times in the last 11 years (19 times in the last 31 years).

The National Moot Court Competition has been co-sponsored by the New York City Bar Association's Young Lawyers Committee and the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1950 to help students develop appellate advocacy skills. Arguments focus on statutory or constitutional issues of current national interest.


Moot Court

From left to right, Holly Miller (’13), Kyle Hardwick (’13), and Leah Kippola (’13)