After a round of appellate advocacy that eight state supreme court justices called “excellent” “impressive” and “very close,” Kaytlin Sawyer and Katherine Faber were named winners of the 2014 Linden Cup. The decision of the eight state Supreme Court justices was split between Sawyer & Faber and the team of Stuart Cassel & Alexander Biel, who were named runners up.
The Best Oralist Award was given to Stuart Cassel, with Katherine Faber named runner-up.
A Dual Question Up For Debate
The moot court case presented in this year’s Linden cup asked two specific questions: if objective or subjective tests are appropriate for determining “threat,” and what kind of questioning counts as “custodial interrogation.”
“This has been one of the strongest and most enjoyable Linden Cup competitions,” commented Justice Mary Fairhurst, former Linden Cup winner and Gonzaga Law alumna.
Preparing for Legal Practice
Students participating in Linden Cup are judged mainly on their ability to present appellate arguments in front of a panel of judges, as well as general courtroom demeanor.
“Local practitioners, law school faculty, judges throughout the region and State Supreme Court justices volunteered their time to serve as Linden Cup judges, and to provide personal feedback to the participants on their performance,” commented Associate Professor Kevin Michels, who served as Faculty Advisor for the competition along with Associate Dean Sandra Simpson. “The students showcased advocacy skills that would be considered first-rate in any court.”
“If you’ve looked at the list of people who won or came in second, you will note the prominence of those names,” commented Washington Associate Chief Justice Charles Johson. “I can look at the list and see… attorneys who have parlayed this experience into professional careers of note.”
Honoring Father James Linden
The Linden Cup competition is named in honor of Father James Linden, S.J., who founded the “legal argument competition” that has developed into Linden Cup. The competition is supported by an endowment created by the late William Kelley in 1991.
This year’s final round was judged by:
Chief Justice Barbara Madsen, of the Washington State Supreme Court
Justice Mary Fairhurst, of the Washington State Supreme Court
Justice Susan Owens, of the Washington State Supreme Court
Justice Debra Stephens, of the Washington State Supreme Court
Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson, Washington State Supreme Court
Justice Laurie McKinnon, Montana State Supreme Court
Justice Patricia O’Brien Cotter, Montana State Supreme Court
Justice Warren E. Jones, of the Idaho State Supreme Court