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McGeorge Appellate Advocacy Team Earns Distinctions in Competitions Across the Country
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McGeorge Appellate Advocacy Team Earns Distinctions in Competitions Across the Country

Oak Park’s own McGeorge School of Law concluded its 2013-2014 appellate advocacy competition season this week earning awards in several contests around the United States.

The appellate advocacy team, known as the Moot Court Team, argues issues of law before simulated panels of appellate judges. Each competition provides a different fact pattern with different legal issues for the students to research. After preparing a brief that is up to fifty pages long, the students prepare 10 to 20-minute oral arguments. During the arguments the judges ask specific questions about the law to assess the student’s presentation, critical thinking, and research skills. The students are scored based on their brief writing and oral argument abilities.

The season was highlighted by a top brief award and several top oral advocate awards at the American Bar Association’s Western Regional Competition in San Francisco, a quarter final qualification at the Niagara International Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C., and a quarter final qualification at the Davis Asylum Competition in Davis, CA.

The team’s coach is McGeorge legal writing professor Edward Telfeyan, who has coached the team for over a decade and was pleased with the season’s results. “The students dedicate hundreds of hours to their competitions throughout the semester and it is really rewarding to see the students represent the school and community so well against the top law schools in the nation.”

Below is a list of the students and competitions from this spring.

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Team: Nicolas Kump, Sarah Schumacher and Michael Heumann; Jake Smith, Anastasya Uskov and Tiffany Wan
Assistant Coach: Haley Cose
Coaches: Professor Ed Telfeyan, '75; Erich Shiners, '06

UC Davis Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court
Team: Jeffrey Hammer, Theresa Schriever and Elizabeth Smutz
Assistant Coach: Nikole Omotoy
Coach: Blake Nordahl

Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court
Team: Eurik O'Bryant, Elizabeth Ramos
Coach: Professor Adrienne Brungess, '96

Niagara International Moot Court
Location: Washington, D.C.
Team: Kyle Clawson and Mahavir Jogani; Justin Cutler and Kiel Yager
Assistant Coach: Jordan Maurer
Coach: Professor Mary-Beth Moylan and Professor Hether Macfarlane

Saul Lefkowitz Moot
Location: San Francisco, Calif.
Team: Kevin Heitz and Michelle Pai
Assistant Coach: Brian Flemmer
Coach: Professor Mike Mireles, '98

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court
Team: Vignesh Ganapathy and Julianne Triphon; Yolanda Vo and Brian Wiltshire
Assistant Coach: Richard Silvestri
Coach: Professor Kojo Yelpaala
 

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