Wednesday, December 09, 2015

          Moot Court Fall Team Review

          Season review by Toni Young '76, Assistant Dean of Legal Research & Writing and Moot Court.
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          3L Keith Yetter, alumni coaches Kelly Matayoshi ’11 and Joy Siu ’15, 3Ls Ronnie Shou and Maiah Parks, and student coach 3L Blake Ward at the National Moot Court Competition Regionals.

          In the past two weeks, the UC Hastings Moot Court competition team finished out its Fall season with several impressive finishes. Ten teams and twenty-five students dedicated hours to writing their briefs and practicing their oral arguments over the Fall semester, with the hope that they will attain a prestigious title of Champion and help UC Hastings secure a number one ranking this year.

          The team started the year strong with an octofinalist finish from its Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court team. Despite a hectic six-week turnaround for completing their brief and attending over twenty practices, 2Ls Jonathan Goldstein and Tiffany Ku stepped up to the challenge, and performed admirably. Special thanks to student coach 3L Brianna Howard and alumni coach Daniel Duan ‘12.

          Two teams went to San Diego to compete in the Thomas Tang Moot Court competition. Thomas Tang Moot Court competition2Ls Samantha Adhikari and Kenneth Taketa had a solid performance and finished with distinction. 2Ls Jessica Do and Steven Wall finished as semi-finalists at the regionals competition, and qualified for Nationals. At the Nationals competition, which was hosted concurrently with the 2015 NAPABA conference, Jessica and Steven performed well and finished with distinction. A big thank you to student coaches, 3Ls Nalani Crisologo, Ronnie Shou, and Yukiko Orii, and alumni coaches Susan Tran ’11, David Chang ’13 and Vincent Lee ’14 for their hard work and dedication working with these two teams.

          In November, seven teams, after hours of practice, set off for victories at numerous competitions, and they have brought home the spoils of victory.

          The 3L team of Isabel da Roza and Ashish Sudhakaran swept through the National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, taking home the best and ninth best advocate awards, a second place brief award, and the National Championship.National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition

          Our 2L champions in training, Joseph Evans and Taylor Pfingst, finished as quarterfinalists and also took home a second place brief award. The team is grateful for the efforts of student coaches, 3Ls Mona Razani and Kristin Mcrae, and alumni coaches Charlie Bisesto ’10 and Missy Kendra ’12.

          2Ls Christina Sturdevant, Stewart Katzen and Nathan Feldman made the long and arduous journey to Carbondale, Illinois to compete in the National Health Moot Court Competition, finishing as quarterfinalists.National Health Moot Court Competition

          With the help of the Hastings Health Consortium, the team tackled the legal issue of mandatory vaccinations for children and the constitutionality of religious exemptions. Special thanks to student coach 3L Vladyslav Dembitskiy and alumni coach Zachary Young ’11.

          The UC Hastings Chicago Bar Moot Court team of 2Ls Joseph Govea, Doug Alvarez, and Jessica Dabiri took on the best that Chicago had to offer over the topic of graphic warning labels on cigarette cartons.Chicago Bar Moot Court

          Facing off with teams on a First Amendment challenge to the forced placement of a cancerous lung, the UC Hastings Chicago Bar Moot Court team went farther than ever before, placing as semi-finalists. A big Moot Court thank you to student coach 3L Jennifer Gottschalk and alumni coach Teri Nguyen '09.

          2Ls Taylor French and Christine Nowland, and 3L Billy Cosmopulos, made the quick trip down to Pepperdine University and came home as semi-finalists at the National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition.National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition

          The team’s brief, addressing the denial of a trademark application for an offensive mark, placed as the second best brief in the competition. Special thanks to student coach 3L Chris Pace and alumni coach Kendra Chapman ’12.

          Finally, two of UC Hastings finest and most experienced teams went to Sacramento to square off in the National Moot Court Competition Regionals.National Moot Court Competition Regionals

          Competing at one of the most prestigious competitions, and facing the best and brightest from each of the Bay Area schools, the UC Hastings teams performed admirably. After four brutal rounds at a blistering pace, the two teams found themselves competing against each other for the last spot to qualify for nationals. 3Ls Thuy Nguyen, Clinton Christoffersen and Yukiko Orii faced off against 3Ls Maiah Parks, Ronnie Shou and Keith Yetter. The team of Thuy, Clint and Yukiko impressed judges, and received high marks, but ultimately, Maiah, Ronnie and Keith won the round. We wish them the best of luck at Nationals next Spring, and look forward to their improvement with student coach 3L Blake Ward and alumni coaches Kelly Matayoshi ’11 and Joy Siu ’15. Special thanks to student coaches, 3Ls Ivan Jimenez and Kristin Williams, and alumni coaches Mark D’Argenio ’05 and Kate Svinarich ’12 for their work as well.

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