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Arizona Law Team Wins First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

Congratulations to Arizona Law 2Ls Daniel Arellano and Omar Vasquez, who just won the American Bar Association’s First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition! Daniel and Omar were one of only eight teams chosen, on the basis of their resumes and a sample essay, to submit an appellate brief. Their brief won them a spot as one of only four teams selected to participate in oral arguments at the ABA Forum on Communication Law’s 18th Annual Conference in Orange County, California. Not only did Daniel and Omar win the oral-argument competition for Arizona Law, they also won the Best Brief Award, and Omar was recognized as Best Oral Advocate. The team’s coaches were Arizona Law Professors Toni Massaro, Derek Bambauer, and Jane Bambauer. You can read more about the competition here.

Daniel and Omar participated in this competition through Arizona Law’s Legal Skills Competition program, one of the many experiential-education opportunities at the College. Each year, Arizona Law sends student teams to participate in five competitions – the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the National Trial Competition, the Native American Law Student Association Moot Court Competition, and the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. Students like Daniel and Omar who are interested in participating in other Legal Skills Competitions may seek approval to do so from Arizona Law’s Legal Skills Competition Board. You can find more information about these opportunities on the College of Law’s website at


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