For an elite-sized law school, Case Western Reserve University School of Law is unusual in the number of highly successful moot court and mock trial teams it fields each year. Reflecting the school’s recent 6th best in the nation ranking in practical training, this has been an extraordinary year for CWRU’s moot court and mock trial teams—seven of which were among the best in their respective competitions:
- After going 8-0 in the preliminary and advanced international rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the CWRU team placed third overall in the World Championship rankings. CWRU defeated defending world champion Hungary in the first knockout round, and was the only US team to make it to the Sweet 16 of the World Championship. In addition, the CWRU Brief received the Dillard Award, coming 17th in the world out of more than 600 competing schools.
- The CWRU International Criminal Court Moot Court Team won the Third Best Defense Brief Award and came in second at the competition for North and South America, earning a berth in the International Bar Association International Rounds hosted out of The Hague.
- Callan Foran of the Vis International Commercial Arbitration team won one of twenty best speaker awards out of 1,000 competitors at the International Competition hosted out of Vienna. In addition, Rachel McKay placed third as an individual oralist in the Vis Pre-Moot hosted by the Swiss Chambers Arbitration Institution.
- CWRU’s National Patent Application Team won its regional competition and made it to the National Finals, earning a top five finish out of 51 teams.
- The Ault Mock Trial Team took second place out of 32 teams in the 13th annual Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition. CWRU was also selected as the best prosecution team in the competition.
- The CWRU BLSA Mock Trial Team won the Midwest Regional Rounds of the Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition, beating 37 other schools, and Makela Hayford earned the award for best advocate among all competitors.
- The CWRU National Moot Court team made it to the semi-final round of the Regional Competition and won the Second-Best Brief Award.