The 2013 -2014 academic year proved to be a success for members of all of Gonzaga Law’s various moot court competition teams, who impressed local, regional, and national judges with their performances.
Gonzaga Law’s Negotiation Competition is designed to strengthen students’ negotiation skills, which are essential for resolving disputes and facilitating client transactions. Held each fall, the competition is open to all students, and many first-year students compete. The Negotiation Competition allows students, working in teams of two, to negotiate with another team. Each team is representing their own client, and the goal is for the two sides to reach a mutually acceptable resolution.
The 2013 Negotiation Competition was held in early November at the law school. Davis Mills and Margeaux Fox were named the winners of the 2013 competition, with John Randolph and Tamara Fundrella coming in very close second.
The Client Counseling competition is designed to challenge Gonzaga Law students to apply what they have learned to probable situations they will confront in practice. During the competition, students working in pairs must conduct a simulated interview with a client, identify his or her problems, and provide appropriate advice. The competition is open to all students, though the majority of competitors are first year students.
This year’s competition, held in January, was incredibly close. Congratulations to the teams of Brandon Dockins & Caleb Hatch, Andrew Corsberg & Don Schirm, and Kristen Gelbach & Sarah Elsden, who tied for first place.
NALSA Moot Court Competition
Gonzaga Law School was well represented at the National Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) Moot Court competition held from February 28th-March 1st, 2014, at the University of Oklahoma Law School.
Thomas Carley and Nicholas Serres, who participated in last year’s competition at Lewis and Clark Law School, returned to compete this year, joined by Courtney Arndt and Jennifer Lamari. Mr. Serres partnered with Ms. Lamari (Team 5-Respondent) and Mr. Carley partnered with Ms. Arndt (Team 18-Petitioner) for the competition.
Each team completed two initial rounds and alternated arguing each side of the brief. Both teams did an excellent job and received high marks for their oral advocacy. Over sixty teams hailing from law schools in 17 different states participated, though only 16 advanced to the quarterfinal rounds held on Saturday.
Despite their exceptionally strong showing in the oral argument rounds, when the brief scores were factored in neither team made it to the quarterfinals.
The William Clarke Cup
The Clarke Cup is the school’s annual 1L Oral Advocacy competition. This year, ten teams performed admirably in the preliminary rounds, giving well-reasoned and persuasive arguments while arguing both sides of the case.
The Semi-Finals consisted of 4 teams; Caleb Hatch & Brandon Dockins; Pete Damrow & Brian Nadler; Jill Murray & Maren Sorensen; and Ruth Ptak & Corey Weber.
After the semi-finals, the teams were narrowed down to Ruth Ptak & Corey Weber v. Caleb Hatch & Brandon Dockins
The final round was held Saturday, March 1, in the Barbieri Courtroom. The team of Ruth Ptak and Corey Weber took first place. Weber also won Best Oralist.
The National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) is a nationwide event that provides students with extensive guidance in oral advocacy and the process of preparing appellate briefs. In March, Gonzaga Law’s NAAC Team traveled to San Francisco to compete against law schools from across the country in an ABA-sponsored appellate advocacy competition. This year’s teams were made up of Jake McGhie, Erik Ellis and Mike Slater (Team 1), and Abby Kostecka, Miranda Shreeve and Hannah Campbell (Team 2).
Countless hours of hard work garnered both teams winning scores in two of three oral argument rounds. The teams also received stellar comments from the competition judges.
Unfortunately, these high scores translated into one victory per team when the opposing teams’ brief scores were factored into the equation. Neither team advanced to the sudden death elimination rounds, which are scored exclusively on oral argument performance, but both teams walked away from the competition with increased skill and confidence in the art of oral argument.
For More Moot Court Competition Results:
For information on Gonzaga Law students’ performances in various other moot court competitions, see these previously published stories:
- 2014 Linden Cup
- Mugel National Tax Moot Court
- National Trial Competition
- Jessup Cup
- Saul Lefkowitz National Trademark Moot Court
- National Moot Court Competition