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Moot Court

Moot Court

The Moot Court Program at Loyola New Orleans is built on consistency and excellence. The comprehensive program is designed to give students the opportunity to participate effectively in intramural and intercollegiate moot court competitions. Students build and perfect the art of persuasive oral advocacy and the skills of proficient brief writing.

Beginning the first year of law school, students have the opportunity to take the Loyola Moot Court Course in effective appellate advocacy. Selections for Moot Court Staff positions are made following the course in an annual intramural competition.


2015-2016 Executive Board

Chynna Anderson – Chairman
Amanda Huff – Selection Chairman
Taifa Goff – Alumni Co-Chairman
Mike Melucci – Alumni Co-Chairman
Alexander Licznerski – National Team Coach
Ana Bondoc – Team Administrator

Full Biographies

Faculty Advisor:  Professor Monica Hof Wallace

Teams and Accomplishments

2015-2016 PACE Environmental Law Team

Coach: Sarah Thompson
Brief Writer/Oralist: Whitney Brady
Oralist: Henry Gerbracht
Oralist: Sara Huffman

The Loyola Moot Court Program is proud to announce the many great successes of the 2016 PACE Environmental Moot Court Team! The problem presented for briefing involved questions of jurisdiction, federalism, environmental protection, and technological advances in the field of air quality control. Quarterfinalists Whitney Brady, Sara Huffman, and Henry Gerbracht mastered, and expertly argued a number of scientifically complex and legally intricate terms, statutes and concepts. The team performed excellently by writing an outstanding brief and then debating their way through four competitive rounds of arguments, before finally being eliminated by the tournament champions. Oralist and brief writer Whitney Brady along with oralist Henry Gerbracht received honorable mention in both of their preliminary rounds, and oralist Sara Huffman received the “fighting heart” award for her dogged and unapologetic representation of the Petitioner. In addition, the team’s coach, Sarah Thompson, did an outstanding job in preparing her team for a fierce competition.


2015-2016 JESSUP International Law Team

Coach: Sam Furman
Brief Writer/Oralist: Nick Pierce
Oralist: Christopher Joseph
Oralist: Kari Fleming

The Loyola Moot Court Program would like to congratulate the 2015-2016 JESSUP International Law Team on their many accomplishments! This year’s Compromis focused on the admissibility of evidence, attribution, expropriation, the right to trial, and terrorism.  The team competed at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Region held in Denver, Colorado in February. Oralist/Brief Writer Amanda Meadow, Oralist/Brief Writer Nick Pierce, Oralist Christopher Joseph, and Oralist Kari Fleming competed against sixteen other schools from around the country. At competition, the team won two out of four argument rounds. In addition, the team’s Memorial (Brief) placed 7th overall, and Nick Pierce won 7th Best Oralist at the competition out of about sixty-four oralists that competed! Moreover, the team’s coach, Sam Furman, worked tirelessly to prepare the team for a tough competition. The Moot Court Program is proud of these students for their hard work and exceptional performance!


2015-2016 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Team

Coach: Jamie Gontarek
Brief Writer/Oralist: Alayna Carroll
Oralist: Zachary Ardoin

The ABA National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Team participated in the Regional Competition in Boston from March 3rd through March 5th, where they competed against thirty-two teams. Tackling both a fourth amendment issue and a federal hate crime issue, the team won all three preliminary rounds against Notre Dame, Texas Tech, and Temple Law School. The team was the fifth seed in the competition into semi-finals and narrowly lost in the semi-final round by one point. Throughout the tournament, both Alayna and Zachary scored in the 90s in their individual oralist scores. The brief, written by Alayna, scored higher than both Notre Dame’s and Temple’s brief. Both Alayna and Zachary were given exemplary feedback regarding their courtroom demeanor and knowledge of the record and law. In addition, the team’s coach, Jamie Gontarek, did an exemplary job in preparing her team for competition. The Moot Court Program is extremely proud of these students and their hard work!


2015-2016 Admiralty Law Team

Coach: Mark Owens
Oralist/Brief Writer: Ryan Quinones
Oralist: John Yadamec
Oralist: Bryan O'Neill

The Moot Court Program would like to recognize the 2015-2016 Admiralty Law Moot Court Team for their accomplishments at the John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition that took place in San Francisco, California in March. The team went 2-1 as oralists. In addition, the petitioner team of John Yadamec and Bryan O'Neill defeated the eventual champions from LSU in oral advocacy in the first round! John Yadamec took home the honor of 4th best oralist overall, and all of the judges noted that John was a "natural at speaking,” showing both confidence and ease in his argument. Bryan O'Neill was repeatedly complimented on his impressive knowledge of the law and level of preparation. In addition, Ryan Quinones was complimented on his natural ability to speak and his strong closings within his argument. Finally, the Moot Court Program would like to thank Coach Mark Owens for his dedication to his team in their preparation for competition!

2015-2016 National Criminal Procedure Team

Coach: Deil LaLande
Brief Writer/Oralist: Hope Del Rio
Oralist: John Yadamec

The National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Team participated in the University of San Diego’s National Criminal Procedure Competition November 5th through November 8th. Brief Writer/Oralist Hope Del Rio, Oralist John Yadamec and Coach Deil LaLande attended and competed against 35 schools from around the country. The team performed exceptionally well at competition, placing fourth overall. The team also took home an award for 3rd Best Respondent Brief, and John Yadamec won 4th Best Oralist at the competition!  Hope received excellent reviews from her judges, where she was complimented on her tremendous knowledge of the law and her passionate demeanor.  Judges stated that they “learned new things” from John’s argument and complimented his strong courtroom presence. The Moot Court Program is extremely proud of the team’s success and congratulates these students on a job well done!


The National Team

Coach: Alexander Licznerski
Brief Writer: Magen Kirst
Oralist: Kevin Hicks
Oralist: Megan Mitchell

Loyola’s 2015-2016 National Moot Court Team competed this November in Oxford, Mississippi. This year’s oralists, Megan Mitchell and Kevin Hicks, were both highly praised by several judges during the competition for their talent. Both oralists received high scores through two rounds of competition. None of this was possible without the team’s brief writer, Magen Kirst, who was able to take complex issues and create exemplary arguments. In addition, the team’s coach, Alexander Licznerski, prepared the team for a tough competition. This year’s problem focused on whether obtaining a personal benefit by giving away trade secrets constitutes a benefit with regards to insider trading and whether grand jury testimony constitutes admissible prior testimony under the Federal Rules of Evidence. The Moot Court Program congratulates the 2015-2016 National Team and is proud of their hard work and skill! 


First Amendment Team

Coach: Hope Phelps
Brief Writer/Oralist: Lacey McCoy
Oralist: Scott Hamilton

Loyola's First Amendment Moot Court Team participated in the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. on March 18th and 19th. The team placed ninth out of twenty-four teams in the preliminary rounds, narrowly missing the cut off for quarter-finals by less than a point.  The competition problem focused on the Free Speech, Free Exercise, and Establishment clauses of the First Amendment.  Lacey McCoy, the team's brief writer successfully tackled this complex problem in the brief.  Additionally, Lacey developed strong legal arguments on both the Petitioner and Respondent sides for the team to use at competition.  The oralists received praise for their handling of rapid fire questions in both rounds.  Specifically, the judges noted that the team was well prepared, poised, and maintained a professional demeanor throughout the argument.  Scott Hamilton was commended for his commanding presence and ability to speak with conviction on both sides.  One judge even remarked that she had taken a certain position after reading the bench brief, but that Scott managed to sway her to the other side.  Lacey was commended for her juggling of the facts and law.  The judges noted that Lacey was well versed in the case law and record, and were impressed with her ability to weave the facts and law into her answers so as to seamlessly transition back into her argument.  Lacey used this to the team's advantage on rebuttal in the first round when she swiftly discredited opposing counsel's interpretation of the cases. The Moot Court Program is very proud of the team's hard work and dedication!