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2nd Place in National Moot Court Competition

January 31, 2008

Last night, for the first time in the law school’s history, a Colorado Law team won second place in the nation’s most prestigious moot court competition—The National Moot Court Competition.

Since 1950, the New York City Bar and the American College of Trial Lawyers have sponsored the competition, where every year over 150 law schools compete in the regional rounds throughout the United States, and the winners advance to the final rounds held at the New York City Bar. After sweeping November’s regional competition in Las Vegas, the Colorado Law team composed of third-year students Abe Alexander, Grant Sullivan, and Mike Wautlet was among the final top 28 teams that had competed in the 14 regional competitions held this fall. Their brief, ranked second in the regional competition and fourth in the national competition, was less than two points shy of the winning brief score. After defeating Campbell, University of Washington, Cardozo, St. Louis, and Duke law schools in the preliminary, octo-final, quarter-final, and semi-final rounds, the Colorado Law team faced off against Chicago-Kent in the final round, where they were narrowly defeated. Mike Wautlet won the Second-Place Oralist Award

The final argument was judged by a seven-member panel that included judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the New York Court of Appeals, and the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, and the presidents of the New York City Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. “Achievements of this magnitude do not come without immense effort and tremendous talent,” said Gabrielle Marks Stafford, the Director of Colorado Law’s Moot Court Programs and the faculty coach. “Please join me in congratulating these students!” Student coach Cash Parker, who won the second-place oralist award at the regional competition, traveled with the team and kept them on their toes between rounds.

The final round can be viewed at the competition’s website.

Moot Court competition 2008