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University of Arkansas School of Law Wins National Moot Court Competition

Mississippi College School of Law Takes Runner-Up; Seattle University School of Law Wins Best Brief

New York , February 5, 2010 – The University of Arkansas School of Law won the final round of the 60 th Annual National Moot Court Competition, which was held last night at the New York City Bar Association. The winning team was comprised of Ashley Driver, Taylor Mattson, and Allison Waldrip. Mississippi College School of Law was the runner-up team, comprised of Constance Brewster, Krissy Casey, and Malcolm Levy Leatherman.

Photos of the winning team are available on request. Twenty-eight teams from fourteen regions across the country competed at the City Bar this week in four days of competition leading up to the final round. This year, over 500 students from 118 law schools competed in the preliminary rounds leading up to the finals.

Best Brief honors went to Seattle University School of Law team members Meredith Dishaw, Ursula Owen, and Ryan Rautio. The runner-up for Best Brief went to the Mississippi College School of Law team.Best Individual Oral Argument went to Allison Waldrip of the winning University of Arkansas team, with the runner-up Malcolm Levy Leatherman of the Mississippi College team.

The final round was judged by a panel of distinctive members of the Bar and bench, with Hon. Susan P. Read, of the New York State Court of Appeals, presiding. The other members of the panel were Hon. Helen E. Freedman, Appellate Division, First Department; Hon. Nina Gershon, U.S. District Court, EDNY; Hon. Victor Marrero, U.S. District Court, SDNY; Hon. Sidney Stein, U.S. District Court, SDNY; Joan A. Lukey, President, American College of Trial Lawyers; and Patricia M. Hynes, President, New York City Bar Association.

This year’s National Moot Court Competition presented two issues not yet decided by the United States Supreme Court:

  1. Does the imposition of a life sentence without the possibility of parole on a juvenile offender convicted in a non-homicide crime violate the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the 8 th Amendment to the United States Constitution?
  2. What standard should the court apply when deciding a motion to change venue in which the defendant argues that she cannot receive a fair trial in the current form?

The competition is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers (a national organization composed of approximately 5,700 of the leading advocates in the United States) and the City Bar’s Young Lawyers Committee.

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