DePaul students Patrick Viktora and Kelly Olivier won Whittier Law School’s 17th Annual National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition held February 3-4, 2012. They defeated a team from UC Hastings in the final round, and argued in front of former DePaul professor and founding dean of UC Irvine School of Law, Erwin Chemerinsky. The team’s first-place award was a $1,000 academic scholarship.
The competition problem focused on "child health through the lens of the foster care system." Teams explored legal issues relating to childrens' health and upbringing, including poverty and access to community resources.
Legal writing instructor Allison Ortlieb coached the team.
Photo: From left, Professor Jennifer Mertus, director of the Whittier Law School Center for Children's Rights; Patrick Viktora; Hon. Michael Nash, Los Angeles Superior Courts; Dean Chemerinsky; and Kelly Olivier.