School of Law News
Two Moot Court Teams Reach “Final Four” at Child Welfare Moot Court Competition
COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 19, 2011)—Two University of San Diego School of Law national moot court teams edged out 24 teams from law schools across the country to compete in the semi-final round at the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy’s 6th Annual Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law on March 18-19, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. This year, teams competed by presenting mock appellate arguments in a case involving a wrongful adoption claim.
The two USD moot court teams to reach the “final four” consisted of Tyler Hazen and Kerri Lutfey as well as Cody Payne and Kianne Holnagel. Along the way to the semi-finals, both teams received awards for “Best Brief.” Hazen and Payne also received medals for best oral arguments for their performance during the three preliminary rounds.
“I am so proud of our national team members,” said Kris Panikowski, moot court advisor and lawyering skills instructor at USD School of Law. “They achieved an outstanding result and put the skills learned here at USD to excellent use.”
Teams were coached by Andrew Haden, class of ’07, winner of the 2007 Paul A. McLennon, Sr. Honors Moot Court Competition and now assistant U.S. attorney in the San Diego office. Special thanks to Professor Bob Fellmeth and the Children’s Advocacy Institute, California Court of Appeal Justices Richard Huffman and Patricia Benke as well as all the San Diego practitioners who assisted the team in oral argument practices.
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