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James Romoser Named 2013 Leahy Champion
James Romoser has been named the 2013 Leahy Moot Court Competition Champion! Romoser competed against fellow finalists Beth Lipman, James Powell, and Justus Getty Monday night at 7:30 in Hart Auditorium.
In addition to being an oral advocacy finalist, Lipman also won Best Brief.
The finalists presented their arguments before Judge Kent Jordan of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals; Chief Judge Richard Roberts and Judge Beryl Howell of the DC District; former U.S. solicitor general Paul Clement; and Georgetown Law's own Dori Bernstein.
This year's competitors faced off over the hotly contested issue of whether for-profit corporations possess religious rights under the First Amendment and, if so, whether the Affordable Care Act regulation requiring them to provide contraceptives to their employees violates those rights. Many legal scholars expect the Supreme Court to pick up the issue during its current term to resolve a split in the circuits over the issue.
Nearly 100 competitors entered the Leahy competition this year. The top competitors will receive invitations to join the Barristers' Council's Appellate Advocacy or Alternative Dispute Resolution teams.
A full webcast of the finals is available by clicking here.
Georgetown Wins International Space Law Competition
The GULC Barristers Council has won the 2013 Manfred Lachs Space Law International Moot Court Competition in Beijing!
The Appellate Advocacy Division team—consisting of 3L Amanda Krause and recent alumni Adam Wesolowski and Zach Garthe—won the final round. The team also won for best brief and Wesolowski was named best oralist.
The team qualified for the international finals by winning the regional finals, held last year in March on the GULC campus. Each year, the winners of the Asia Pacific, European and North American Regional Rounds compete in the world finals, held in conjunction with the annual International Astronautical Congress and the Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space.
The competition involves issues of international and commercial space law and is designed to challenge participants’ understanding and application of public international law as related to Outer Space. The world finals are judged by three sitting members of the International Court of Justice.
Each member of the team took GULC’s Space Law Seminar, taught by Profs. Steve Mirmina and Petra Vorwig. The seminar was developed in 2000 by Pro. Paul Larsen, who taught the seminar until he retired after the Spring 2012 semester.
Georgetown team crowned 2013 Moot Court National Champions!
Barristers' Council members Jeff Golimowsky (3L) and Emily Chambers (3L) took home top honors in the 2013 Moot Court National Championship hosted by the University of Houston Law Center. The National Championship features the top 16 moot court programs in the nation, determined by their performance in the prior year, and is designed to determine the "best of the best" of moot court programs.
This year, the competition featured a complicated appellate problem dealing with the validity of Stranger Originated Life Insurance. Competitors were judged on the quality of both their written briefs and their oral argument. Golimowsky and Chambers went 3-1 in the preliminary rounds and then swept the elimination rounds, defeating the only team to beat them in the preliminary rounds to win the championship.
Following the victory, Golimowsky expressed gratitude to the students, faculty, and staff of the Law Center who helped the pair to prepare for the competition and wrote in an email, "I have never been prouder to be a Hoya."
Georgetown Team Wins Veterans Law Moot
Barristers' Council members Jeff DeSousa (LAW '13) and Mitchell London (LAW '14) won the 2012 National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition. Hosted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association, and The George Washington University Law School, the competition featured a complex argument on the interplay of veteran's benefits, administrative regulations, and the insanity defense before a panel of judges from the CAVC.
DeSousa also won the award for Best Oralist and London won the award for Second Place Oralist. This is the second year in a row that Georgetown has won the Veterans Law Competition.
2013 White Collar Invitational Results
Congratulations to Florida International University College of Law, winner of the 2012 White Collar Crime Invitational Mock Trial Tournament! FIU bested 19 other teams from the top trial advocacy programs in the country in a trial competition featuring alleged criminal violations of federal campaign finance and honest services laws. William & Mary Law School was the runner-up and the University of Houston Law Center and the University of Virginia School of Law were semi-finalists.
Trial Advocacy Division Sees Early Season Success
The Trial Advocacy Division's 2012-2013 competitive season is off to a successful start, winning both team and individual awards at several tournaments. Georgetown tied for first place at the Quinnipiac University Criminal Justice Advocacy Competition and was a quarter-finalist at the Sixth Annual National Pre-Trial Competition hosted by Stetson University. Gerogetown teams also turned in strong performances at the San Diego Defense Lawyers Mock Trial Competition and the Kelly Trial Advocacy Competition hosted by Fordham. Trial Advocacy Director Noel Miller (3L) won an individual award for best closing argument at Quinnipiac and newcomer Beth Lipman (2L) won for best opening statement at the Kelly Competition.
Barristers' Council Competition History
All three divisions of Barristers' Council have long histories of competitive success. Barristers' Members routinely win or place at the most prestigious moot court, trial advocacy, and ADR competitions in the United States and around the world.