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.
Chairman: Kristyn Lee
Alumni Chair: Christopher B. Gioe
Selection Chair: Lauren Baudot
National Team Coach: Shelby Johnson
Board Coaches: Rachel Scarafia, Danilo Bandovic, Ranchaela Ward
Faculty Advisor: Professor Monica Hof Wallace
Coach: Shelby Johnson
Brief Writer: Stephanie Giglio
Oralist: Rebecca Bartlett
Oralist: Scott Richard
The National Moot Court Team competed last weekend in their Regional Competition at Cumberland School of Law and placed SECOND OVERALL and will be advancing to the National Competition in February! The team's brief, written by Stephanie Giglio, was the best and highest scoring brief in the competition. Oralists Scott Richard and Rebecca Bartlett gave outstanding performances on both the Petitioner and Respondent sides of the argument. In the preliminary rounds, the team defeated LSU and the University of Memphis to advance unanimously undefeated into the final rounds. The team also defeated the University of Alabama in the semi-final round. In the final round, the team lost to the University of Tennessee by less than one point. The team members along with their coach, Shelby Johnson, are looking forward to representing Loyola in the National Competition in New York City in February. Please join me in thanking the National Team for their hard work and congratulating them on their accomplishments.
The Civil Rights Team competed in the 2014 Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Competition at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia on October 10th-12th. After three preliminary rounds before prestigious judges such as the Attorney General for the State of Georgia and Chief Counsel for the Center for Disease Control, the team advanced to the Top 16. After a challenging round in the octofinals, the team was not selected to advance to the quarterfinals. The entire team received excellent scores throughout all four rounds of arguments and were consistently praised by the judges for their composure, knowledge of the facts, and ingenuity in constructing novel arguments. Team members include: Shenitria Myles (Oralist), Jonathan Lewis (Oralist), Ana Maria Corazon Bondoc (Oralist/Brief Writer), Danilo Bandovic (Coach).
The First Amendment Team competed in the 2014 Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition at American University Washington College of Law on October 17th-18th. They successfully argued the preliminary rounds and were chosen to advanced to the top 16. The team fought hard in the next round but was unable to advance. Throughout the entire competition the team received many compliments on their advocacy skills and their ability to remain composed when asked tough questions. It was particularly noted that the team's argument was very smart and innovative. Team members include Allyson LaBruzza (Brief writer/oralist), Hope Phelps (Oralist), and Ranchaela Ward (Coach).
Moot court would like to congratulate Kevin Hicks (oralist) and Chynna Anderson (oralist and brief writer) for their excellent performance at the National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition. The competition took place in San Diego, California on November 6th-9th. The team argued four preliminary rounds placing in the top 8 teams, and advancing to the next round. Though the team was ultimately eliminated, it received high marks on the brief and great feedback from judges in regard to both oralists' exceptional oral advocacy skills. The team would like to thank Coach Rachel Scarafia, for her dedication and contribution.