Arizona Law's National Appellate Advocacy Competition Team Wins Boston Regional Competition
Please join in congratulating Jonathan Loe, Kevin Moyer, and Hope Sullivan, the members of the Arizona Law National Appellate Advocacy Competition team that was among four teams to win the Boston Regional of the competition this weekend. After three preliminary rounds, a semi-final round, and a final round - all against impressive competition - The Arizona Law team advanced to Nationals, which will be held in Chicago from April 10 - 12. Jon, Kevin, and Hope are the first Arizona Law team to advance to the national round since 2009.
Although the Arizona Law team of Kristine Alger, Will Pew, and Omar Vasquez did not advance beyond the preliminary rounds, all three team members delivered strong oral arguments and earned high scores and positive feedback from many of the judges. Both teams can be proud of their performances this weekend. And talk about team spirit: Kristine, Will, and Omar remained at the courthouse for several hours on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon to provide moral support and cheer their colleagues to victory.
Both teams enjoyed excellent preparation and advice from Prof. Susie Salmon, their coach, and several Arizona Law faculty members, including David Marcus, Derek Bambauer, Jane Bambauer, Nina Rabin, Kirsten Engel, and Sherry Downer. Several alumni (and former Arizona Law NAAC team members) also served as practice judges, including 2010 NAAC team alum Tim Reppucci; 2011 NAAC team alums Naomi Claxton, Nick Knauer, and Ryan Thomsen; 2012 NAAC team alum Jason Quackenbush; and 2013 NAAC team alum Johnny Anderson. And we were delighted that faculty member Chris Robertson was able to watch an oral argument round in Boston on Thursday evening.
The ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition is one of the most prestigious and competitive interscholastic legal skills competitions in the country. Students who participate on Arizona Law’s NAAC teams must take Advanced Legal Writing in the fall of the 2L year and the Advanced Appellate Practice course in the spring, and they must participate in the annual Samuel M. Fegtly 2L Moot Court Competition (which is a part of the Advanced Appellate Practice course). The six 2L students with the top scores in that competition become Arizona Law’s team in their 3L year. The teams receive the problem in early November, write their briefs before the beginning of spring semester, and practice for the oral argument rounds in January and February. You can find more information about the legal skills competition programs here.