Moot Court Teams Place First, Second

2015 Moot Court TeamOn Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21, 2015 the School of Law hosted the National Moot Court’s northwest regional competition. The competition involved twelve teams from six law schools in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

The two teams from the Blewett School of Law participating in the competition finished first and second. Between them, they also won the awards for the best appellate brief and best oral advocate in the region. “They could not have performed any better,” said Professor and Team Coach Larry Howell.

Team members from the School of Law include Jason Collins ’16, Hannah Seifert ’16, and Adam Wade ’16, whose team finished first, and Carrie Gibadlo ’16, Paige Griffith ’16, and Tyler Stockton ’16, who finished second. Gibadlo, Stockton, and Griffith won the best brief award and Wade was awarded the best oralist.

The team of Seifert, Wade, and Collins will advance to the final rounds in New York City, New York, in February 2016. Normally, the top two teams in the regional competition would advance to the final rounds in February, but unfortunately, competition rules state that if the top two teams are from the same school, the third-place team shall advance instead of the second-place team.

The National Moot Court competition is the oldest and largest competition for law students, with teams from more than 120 schools participating every year in fifteen regions. The University of Montana has one of the more successful records in the competition, advancing to the national finals thirteen of the last eighteen years and winning the award for the region’s best brief eight times during that period. The school is among the handful whose teams have won the national championship more than once. The team is co-coached by Associate Dean Andrew King-Ries.