CWRU teams triumph at National Moot Court and Mock Trial Competitions and win top speaker awards

Black Student Law Association Team members (L to R) Alicia Hampton, Allison Smith, McClellon Cox and Demari Muff

Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The CWRU Law School Team took first place and captured four of the top 10 speaker awards at the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Chicago February 7-10.

The CWRU team went 4-0 in the preliminary rounds, beating the University of Chicago, Chicago Kent, Iowa University and Marquette University. The CWRU team then defeated St. Louis University in the Quarter Finals, Wayne State University in the Semi Finals, and Loyola Law School in the Finals, advancing to the International Rounds, March 31-April 6 in Washington, DC, for the second consecutive year and the eighth time in the past fifteen years.

In an extraordinary sweep, all four of our team’s oralists won top speaker awards for the first time in our law school’s history. 2L Andrea Shaia was the 9th best speaker, 2L Megan Maccallum was the 5th best speaker, 3L Taylor Frank was the 3rd best speaker, and 3L Alex Lilly was the 2nd best speaker in the competition.

Jessup Team members (L to R) Megan MacCallum, Alex Lilly, Taylor Frank, Laura Graham and Andrea Shaia

Established in 1960, the Jessup Competition is the world’s largest Moot Court tournament with over 680 law schools from 100 countries. In 2008, CWRU Law School won the Jessup World Championship, the most recent US team to win the global competition. The team is coached by Dean Scharf, and alums and former Jessup Champions Conor McLaughlin and Chris McLaughlin.

International Criminal Court Moot Court Team

International Criminal Court Moot Court Team members (Left to Right) Adrianna Velazquez-Martinez 2L, Jazmine Edwards 1L,Caroline Ford 1L, Kelsey Smith 3L, and Gloria Neilson 2L

On March 16-17, the Case Western Reserve University School of Law International Criminal Court Moot Court team, consisting of Kelsey Smith 3L, Adrianna Velazquez-Martinez 2L, Caroline Ford 1L, Gloria Neilson 2L, and Jazmine Edwards 1L, competed against two dozen teams from across the continent at the North American Rounds of the ICC Competition at Pace Law School in New York. The competition involved the legal issues of whether unilateral use of force against chemical weapons facilities constitutes a crime of aggression and whether a law professor who provides the government one-sided legal advice can be held criminally responsible for aiding and abetting aggression. Based on its high briefs and oral argument scores in three preliminary rounds, the Case Western Reserve team advanced to the Semi-Finals, where it lost a close round to Temple Law School. The Case Western Reserve team was coached by Professors Michael Benza and Cassandra Robertson.

Black Law Student Association Mock Trial

Black Student Law Association Team members (L to R) Alicia Hampton, Allison Smith, McClellon Cox and Demari Muff

The CWRU Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Mock Trial Team took 3rd place out of 67 teams in March during the National BLSA Mock Trial Competition in Little Rock, Arkansas. The students that competed in Little Rock include Allison Smith (3L), Alicia Hampton (2L), McClellon Cox (3L) and Demari Muff (2L). The team also consisted of Fatimah Smith (1L), Lauryn Durham (1L), and Candice Green (3L) who assisted the team in their preparation for the MWBLSA competition.

The team was coached by the Honorable Summit County Magistrate Brett Hammond and CWRU Law alum and Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ike Ekeke.

Earlier in the year, the BLSA Mock Trial team competed in the Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition in Chicago February. Out of 15 registered teams, the team came in third and earned the right to represent the Midwest Region in March at the national competition.

In Chicago, Muff, a second-year CWRU law student, earned the award for best advocate among all competitors in the competition.

CWRU Vis International Arbitration Team

Vis team members (L to R) are 2Ls Teresa Azzam and Kathleen Burke and 1Ls Kristina Aiad-Toss, Emma Green and Jamison King

CWRU's Vis International Commercial Arbitration Team took second place in the competition hosted by Loyola Law School in Chicago from February 15-17, Teresa Azzam won the competition's Best Oralist award. The Vis team is composed of 3L Douglas Pilawa, 2Ls Teresa Azzam and Kathleen Burke, and 1Ls Kristina Aiad-Toss, Emma Green, and Jamison King, and is coached by Professors Katy Mercer and Timothy Webster.

Last fall, CWRU excelled at the National Moot Court Competition and the Case Classic Mock Trial Competition.

National Moot Court Competition

CWRU Law students John Gardner and Sarah Lucey advanced to the final round of the regional National Moot Court competition in Cleveland last November, earning a berth in the national rounds in New York City in January. The bench included the newly-elected Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Melody Stewart, former Director of Student Affairs at CWRU School of Law. Professors Katy Mercer and Tim Duff coached the team to victory. The second CWRU team was comprised of Jamie Lamson-Buscho, Andrew Condiles, and Rachel Andelman.

At the national competition, Lucey and Gardner were defeated in a close match in the first round, but prevailed with a win in the second round.

Case Classic Mock Trial Competition

CWRU teams captured second and fourth place at the Case Classic, the first Mock Trial competition of 2018-19. The competition was composed of 20 teams from law schools from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Virginia.

CWRU’s team of Morgan Austin, Tiana Bohanon, Alex Haddad, and Joe Shell was the tournament’s runner up. CWRU’s team of Stephanie McNeal, Justin Mackin, Lysette Roman, and Allison Smith came in fourth place. The Mock Trial teams are coached by alum Mike Gabelman (2012), who is the Assistant Public Defender for Lake County. Later in the year, CWRU’s Mock Trial teams will be competing in the Texas Young Lawyer’s Association National Trial Competition, the American Association for Justice National Competition, and the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County Mock Trial Competition.