DePaul student teams participated in a variety of moot court and practical skills competitions in February, several teams moving on to advanced or national rounds.
ABA Client Counseling Competition
Brandon Baseman and Zariah Udeh placed first in the ABA Client Counseling Competition, Midwest Regional. They defeated John Marshall and the University of Illinois in the finals, and will compete for the national championship in Durham, North Carolina, on March 16-17.
Charleston Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
Erik Nelson and James Maruna advanced to the semifinals in the fifth annual Charleston School of Law National Moot Court Competition held February 2-4, 2012. The problem involved the warrantless placement of a GPS tracking device on a vehicle. Student teams argued whether this placement violated a defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights. The fact pattern mirrored those found in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Jones. Legal writing instructor Mary Ann Becker coached the team.
Vanderbilt National First Amendment Moot Court Competition
David Porter and Lizz Esfeld advanced to the semifinals in the 22nd annual National First Amendment Moot Court Competition at Vanderbilt University on February 16-17. Recognized as one of the nation’s finest constitutional law competitions, this year’s problem focused on the constitutionality of religious displays on public property.
George Washington National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition
Aaron Dozeman and Rachel Brown advanced to the quarterfinals in the George Washington University Law School National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition held February 10-11. The competition problem focused on the intersection of copyright law and the religion clauses of the First Amendment.
Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Kristy Jackson, Michael Krug, Valerie Lengerich, Andrew Lukas and Maria Magginas competed in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Midwest Regional held February 11-12 in Chicago. Lukas and Lengerich received praise from judges and opponents for their outstanding oral advocacy skills. A team from the University of Notre Dame defeated DePaul in the regional rounds. Senior research fellow and adjunct professor Gabriel Sanchez coached the team.