A team of Gonzaga Law School students has been awarded National Second Place Brief award in the annual Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court competition.
Team Leland-Pray-Sniffen-Wilburn won Best Brief honors in the regional competition, held February 9 in San Francisco, and Second Place overall.
Subsequently, the team received notification that its brief had been judged second-best in the national Intellectual Property Law competition.
With the financial support of Lee & Hayes, a Spokane law firm that specializes in IP law, Gonzaga fielded two teams. Lee & Hayes also provided practice judges for the teams’ preparation.
Team members were Kent Doll, Erik Lamb, Collette Leland, Megan New, Kimberly Pray, Brian Sniffen, Brett Venn, and Peter Wilburn. They were coached by Prof. Sheri Engelken.
“Both teams performed extremely well,” Engelken said. “Team Doll-Lamb-New-Venn was extremely impressive in their oral performances, despite not taking an award. They clearly beat the teams they argued against, but unfortunately never got to face the Hastings team in head-to-head competition.”
Competing schools included some of the most highly ranked schools in the Western Region, she said, including UC/Berkeley, UC/Hastings, the University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University and the University of Hawaii.
The teams spent Fall Semester preparing their appellate briefs, Engelken said. “They worked hard right through the Christmas break, as appellate briefs fell due before classes resumed in January.”
Team members practiced their oral argument presentations through January and into February, she added: “They even found ways to practice during the snow week that disrupted their regular practice schedule.”
“We were fortunate to have the assistance again this year of excellent practice judges,” said Engelken. “They included some outstanding Linden Cup oralists from last year, members of the Law School faculty, and local practitioners. We are very grateful to all of them.”