USD Law Students Take Top Honors at Annual Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition

Jacqulyn Lewis '15 (JD) and Victoria Green '15 (JD)

San Diego (January 21, 2014) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law second-year law students Jacqulyn Lewis and Victoria Green received the award for “Best Respondent Brief “and were ranked third overall at the 2014 Western Regional Black Law Students Association's Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in Sacramento, Calif., this past weekend.

In the underlying facts of the compeitions ficticious case, a college football player was convicted of distributing a controlled substance by slipping a drug into another student’s drink at a party. Two of the legal issues on appeal concerned the Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel and the Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

USD's Moot Court team wrote their winning brief for the state, but argued both sides in the competition. The team chose to argue for the petitioner in the final round where they were forced to get creative, using policy arguments when there was no case law on point.

Lewis and Green were the only women to compete in the regionals. “We’re very excited to get the chance to use our improved skills and to finally go up against some other women in the finals!”

Lewis received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where she competed in track and field. Interested in employment and health law, Lewis interned at Mintz Levin last summer and is looking forward to honing her expertise in those areas this spring.

Green received her Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in operations and supply chain management from the University of California, Riverside. Interested in corporate and employment law, she interned at Alliant Insurance Services for the general counsel in the fall of 2013. Green now serves as a legal intern for USD’s Education and Disability Clinic.

This marks the third consecutive year that students from USD’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA) have received a brief award at the annual competition. Lewis and Green’s third place finish in Sacramento qualifies them to compete in the national tournament in Milwaukee, Wis., March 12-16.

About the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition

One of the cornerstones of National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) programming is the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition (FDMCC). Since its inception in 1975, the FDMCC has consistently provided NBLSA members with excellent training in appellate advocacy through oral argument and brief writing. The FDMCC seeks to provide NBLSA members the opportunity to hone their appellate advocacy skills in an atmosphere of zealous competition and spirited camaraderie. Each year, between 100 and 125 teams compete across the nation within the six Regional Competitions, culminating in the top three teams from each region competing at the national level during NBLSA's Annual Convention. The competition provides competitors with the opportunity to argue issues that are at the forefront of debate in the legal profession and this year will prove to be no different. This year marks the 39th anniversary of this competition and the theme for this year will be "Furthering the Legacy: Building Influence Through Advocacy to Shape the Changes of Tomorrow."

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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