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The primary mission of the University of Washington Moot Court Honor Board is to assist law students in developing advocacy skills through practice and competition.


Announcements & Competition News



2016 Contract Negotiation Competition 
presented by the Burnett Hutchins Real Estate Group
 February 8-16, 2016

Competition Chairs:
Katherine Chung
Courtney Schirr

The Moot Court Honor Board invites you to observe the 2016 Contract Negotiation Competition, presented by the Burnett Hutchins Real Estate Group.

This event features 1L, 2L, and 3L students negotiating the merger and acquisition of two large companies and then receiving feedback on their work from the local attorneys who volunteer to act as judges. 

The competition is almost complete. The final rounds will be held Tuesday, February 16, with an awards reception immediately after the event.

Final Round Matchups:

Purple Bracket
Julia Norwood and Sarah Erickson vs. Jamie Richardson and Jake Willard

Gold Bracket
Gabrielle Hanna and Nitika Arora vs. Ellen Macomson and Alaina Balyeat

Please come out to watch a round, support the competitors, and enjoy the reception! The competition brackets and more details about the competition are available here. 

Questions about the competition can be directed to: 2016contractscompetition@gmail.com



2016 Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition Results 

The Moot Court Honor Board is excited to announce the results of the 2016 Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition. Congratulations to all of our competitors and thank you to all of the volunteer judges who made the competition possible!

Audio and video podcasts of the final round are available for download here.  These files will be automatically deleted from the server after 90 days.

Champions:
Kaleigh Powell and Spencer Gall
Finalists:
Asti Gallina and Ben Robbins

Best Speaker:
Spencer Gall
Second Place Speaker:
Kaleigh Powell
Third Place Speaker:
Asti Gallina

Best Brief:
Tyler Lichter and Andrew H. Fuller
Second Place Brief:
Jayme Staten and An Nguyen
Third Place Brief:
Asti Gallina and Ben Robbins

MCHB extends its appreciation to the distinguished nine-judge panel who presided over the final round:

Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud- Supreme Court of Washington

The Honorable Michael Spearman- Chief Judge - Division I Court of Appeals

The Honorable Mary Kay Becker- Division 1 Court of Appeals

Phil Talmadge- Talmadge Fitzpatrick Tribe

Sidney Tribe- Talmadge Fitzpatrick Tribe

Howard Goodfriend- Smith Goodfriend, P.S.

Travis Stearns- Washington Appellate Project

Professor Katherine Watts- Garvey Schubert Barer Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law

Professor Elizabeth Porter- University of Washington School of Law



Results - 2015 1L Mock Trial Competition
Presented by the King County Bar Association

Thank you to all who attended the final round of the 1L Mock Trial Competition presented by the King County Bar Association. Both trials were compelling and the competitors performed incredibly well before distinguished panels of judges. It is our pleasure to recognize all finalist teams, the champions, and our top speakers.

Gold Ladder Champions:

Nitika Arora and Gabrielle Hanna

Purple Ladder Champions:

Eric Kohan and Jake Dini

 

Gold Ladder Runners Up:

Katherine Shattuck and Jamie Richardson

Purple Ladder Runners Up:

Alex Pearson and Maricarmen Perez-Vargas

 

First Place Speaker: 

Eric Kohan

Second Place Speaker: 

Jake Dini

Third Place Speaker: 

Katherine Shattuck


Please join the Moot Court Honor Board in congratulating all participants in the competition for a job well done!

Audio and video of both competition rounds is available. To download the files, click here. A UW NetID is required to access the download page. The recordings will be available for 90 days and then automatically deleted.

MCHB also recognizes and extends a hearty thank you to all the practitioners who volunteered their time during the competition. Community participation is essential to the success of these competitions. An additional thank you to the two distinguished panels of judges who presided over the final rounds: 

Gold Bracket Judges:

The Honorable J. Richard Creatura - United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

The Honorable John Chun - King County Superior Court

Kimberly Ambrose - Senior Law Lecturer, University of Washington School of Law

Michelle Luna-Green - Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Peter Talevich - K&L Gates LLP, KCBA Young Lawyers’ Division


Purple Bracket Judges:

The Honorable John C. Coughenour - United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

The Honorable Catherine Shaffer - King County Superior Court

Prof. Bill Bailey - University of Washington School of Law

Karen Orehoski - Breneman Grube PLLC

Travis Stearns - Washington Appellate Project




2015 PWRLK 2L/3L MOCK TRIAL FINAL RESULTS

Thank you to all who attended the final round of the 2L/3L Mock Trial Competition. Both teams performed incredibly well before a distinguished panel of judges. It is our pleasure to recognize both finalist teams and our top speakers.

Champions:
Sawyer Margett and Tiffany Curtiss
Tiffany Curtiss and Sawyer Margett

Runners Up:
Dee Sonntag and Pete Damrow
Pete Damrow and Dee Sonntag

First Place Speaker: 
Sawyer Margett

Second Place Speaker: 
Tiffany Curtiss

Third Place Speaker: 
Dee Sonntag

Please join us in congratulating the finalists, and all participants, for a job well done! A podcast of the final round is available here. Please note, the podcast will only be kept on the UW server for approximately 90 days. 

MCHB would also like to recognize and extend a hearty thank you to all the practitioners who volunteered their time during the competition. The final round was presided over by a distinguished panel of judges:

The Honorable Richard Jones, District Court for the Western District of Washington 
Professor Mary Fan, University of Washington School of Law
Ms. Ann Rosato, Attorney, PWRLK
Ms. Malloy Allen, Attorney, PWRLK
Professor Jeff Feldman, University of Washington School of Law and Pacific Law Group


2015-16 MCHB Alumni Reception

MCHB hosted its annual Alumni Reception in early October. Current and former members of the board, funded national teams, and independent teams were all invited and there was a great turn-out. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres were provided, with a short program and networking afterwards. Thank you to everyone who attended!

2015-16 MCHB President, Tomer Vandsburger
Tomer Vandsburger, 2015-16 MCHB President welcomes past and present members.

The Outstanding Alumni Award was presented at the event. Additionally, the 2L, 3L, and transfer students who earned the highest cumulative point totals in 2014-15 received the High Point Award. 

Award Recipients
Congratulations to award winners Pete Damrow, Matt Wurdeman, Dee Sonntag, Katherine Chung, and Eric Franz 
(left to right)

Thank you to all of our alumni and current members for taking the time to come together. We look forward to doing it again next year!


2015-16 Moot Court and Mock Trial Team Members

We are pleased to announce the 2015-16 moot court and mock trial team members:

Jessup International Moot Court Team (Jessup):
  • Kevin Eggers
  • Duffy Romnor
National Moot Court Team (New York):
  • Eric Franz
  • Valerie Walker
Thomas Tang Moot Court Team (Tang):
  • Alizeh Bhojani
  • Kaleigh Boyd
Vis International Commercial Arbitration Team (Vis):
  • Raz Barnea
  • Hathaway Burden
  • Kelsey Christianson
National Environmental Law Moot Court Team (Pace):
  • Sophia Amberson
  • Steven McKevett
American Association of Justice Mock Trial Team (AAJ):
  • Patrick Dahn
  • Pete Damrow
  • Francisco Carriedo
  • Taylor Knight
  • James Prescott
  • Jayme Staten
  • Sarah Tatistcheff
Texas Young Lawyers Association Mock Trial Team (TYLA):
  • Carlie Bacon
  • Kaleigh Boyd
  • Marlana Kuper
  • Chad Law

New Members - Welcome to MCHB!

Please congratulate the newest members of the Moot Court Honor Board! We are pleased to announce the following students have accepted membership:
  • Sophia Amberson
  • Raz Barnea
  • Kaleigh Boyd
  • Kelsey Christianson
  • Eric Franz
  • Asti Gallina
  • Matthew Gross
  • Caesar Kalinowski
  • Marlana Kuper
  • Chad Law
  • Sawyer Margett
  • Ben Robbins
We are excited to work with the incoming crop of rising 2Ls. They have all proven to be excellent advocates throughout their first year and we expect great things from them!


2015 HCMP 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition Results

The Moot Court Honor Board is pleased to present the results for the 2015 HCMP 1L Appellate Advocacy Award competition. Please congratulate the following award recipients for their success:

Purple Ladder
Finalists – Matthew Gross and Steven McKevett
Champions – Kaleigh Boyd and Carolyn White

Gold Ladder
Finalists – Melissa Verrilli and Caesar Kalinowski
Champions – Eric Franz and Sawyer Margett

Silver Ladder
Finalists – Asti Gallina and Ben Robbins
Champions – Hathaway Burden and Raz Barnea

Brief Awards:
3rd Place Brief – Alizeh Bhojani and Michelle Su
2nd Place Brief – Justin Campbell and Joel Harte
1st Place Brief – Eric Franz and Sawyer Margett

1st Place Speaker
Purple – Kelsey Christianson
Gold – Eric Franz
Silver – Asti Gallina

2nd Place Speaker
Purple – Matthew Gross
Gold – Shelby Stoner
Silver - Caesar Kalinowski

3rd Place Speaker
Purple – Steven McKevett
Gold – Melissa Verrilli
Silver – Raz Barnea

Semi Finalists: 
Kelsey Christianson and Lena Brodsky
Ellen Macomson and David Hession
Guin Becker and Alaina Balyeat
Jayme Staten and Chad Law
An Nguyen and Valerie Walker
Harlan Mechling and Shelby Stoner

Thank you to all competitors, judges, faculty members, and HCMP attorneys for your support and dedication to the competition. We look forward to our next competition in the Fall.

Audio and Video of the final rounds is located HERE.



Order of Barristers

The Order of Barristers is a national honorary organization that encourages oral advocacy and brief-writing skills through effective UWLS advocacy programs. The Order provides national recognition for individuals who excel in participating in and running advocacy programs at their respective schools.
 
Eligible students may apply for membership in The Order of Barristers. Students in their last year of law school are eligible if they competed in two moot court competitions. Students do not need to have participated in the Moot Court Honor Board to apply. Applications may be downloaded through the UW MCHB website and will be posted to the Student Announcements and Class of 2015 Facebook page.
 
If you have any questions about the application process please email MCHB VP of Development, Ben Byers, at benjab2@uw.edu.

The application form (now updated to fillable pdf format) is available here.



2015 Representation in Mediation Results

Please join MCHB in congratulating the following teams and individuals for their outstanding performance during the 2015 Representation in Mediation Competition!

Gold Bracket 
Champions: Chike Eze and Katherine Chung
Finalists: Alex Whisbey and Caleb Vandenbos

Best Speaker: Caleb Vandenbos
2nd Place Speaker:   Alex Whisbey
3rd Place Speaker: Katherine Chung

Purple Bracket 
Champions: Sophia Amberson and Marlana Kuper
Finalists: Eric Franz and Sawyer Margett

Best
 Speaker: Raz Barnea
2nd Place Speaker: Eric Franz
3rd Place Speaker: Pheobe Huang



2015 Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition Results


Please join the Moot Court Honor Board in congratulating the award winners, competition finalists, and competition champions of the 2015 Judson Falknor Appelate Advocacy Competition!

Champions: Matthew Wurdeman & Maureen Johnston

Finalists: Michael Kittleson & Nicholas Ulrich

Semifinalists: Darin Jones & Sarah Demaree
                        Kelsey Martin & Courtney Schirr

Best Brief: Matthew Wurdeman & Maureen Johnston
2nd Place Brief: Darin Jones & Sarah Demaree
3rd Place Brief: Michael Kittleson & Nicholas Ulrich

Best Speaker: Matthew Wurdeman
2nd Place Speaker: Maureen Johnston
3rd Place Speaker: Nicholas Ulrich



2014 1L Mock Trial Results

Please join the Moot Court Honor Board in congratulating the award winners, competition finalists, and competition champions of the 2014 1L Mock Trial Competition!


            Purple Bracket Champions:  Kaleigh Boyd and Cole Lorimer

            Purple Bracket Finalists:  Michelle Rusk and Kelly Holler


            Gold Bracket Champions:  Chad Law and Jayme Staten

            Gold Bracket Finalists:  Sophia Amberson and Marlana Kuper


            Best Speaker: Chad Law

            Second Place Speaker: Sawyer Margett

            Third Place Speaker: Marlana Kuper




2014 PWRLK 2L/3L Mock Trial Results

Please join the Moot Court Honor Board in congratulating the award winners, competition finalists, and competition champions of the 2014 Peterson Wampold Rosato Luna Knopp 2L/3L Mock Trial Competition!


            Champions:  Matt Wurdeman and Dane Westermeyer

            Finalists:  Ben Nelson and Spencer Gall


            Best Speaker: Nick Ulrich

            Second Place Speaker: Matt Wurdeman

            Third Place Speaker: Dane Westermeyer




2014 HCMP 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition Results

Please join the Moot Court Honor Board in congratulating the award winners, competition finalists, and competition champions of the 2014 HCMP 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition.

 

            Championship Round Results:

            Gold Ladder

            Champions: Spencer Gall & Andrew S. Fuller

            Finalists: Maddie Haller & Courtney Schirr

             

            Purple Ladder

            Champions: Weston LeMay & Tomer Vandsburger

            Finalists: Maria Hoisington & Taylor Sproed 

            

            Brief Awards:

            Best Brief: James Feldman & Brooks Lindsay

            Second Place Brief: Maria Hoisington & Taylor Sproed

            Third Place Brief: Weston LeMay and Tomer Vandsburger

 

            Speaker Awards:

            Gold Ladder

            Best Speaker: Spencer Gall

            Second Place Speaker: Courtney Schirr

            Third Place Speaker: Andrew S. Fuller

 

            Purple Ladder

            Best Speaker: Weston LeMay

            Second Place Speaker: Tomer Vandsburger

            Third Place Speaker: Thomas Miller




2014 Contract Negotiation Competition Results


Please join the Moot Court Honor Board in congratulating the award winners, finalists, and champions of the of the 2014 Contract Negotiation Competition. 

 

            Purple Bracket:

            Champions: Sara Eagle Campbell & Heather Cook

            Finalists: John Brumbaugh & Vijay Kumar

 

            Best Speaker: Sara Eagle Campbell

            Second Place Speaker: Heather Cook

            Third Place Speaker: Weston LeMay

 

            Gold Bracket:

            Champions: Sierra McWilliams & Ali Khreis

            Finalists: Miriam Swedlow & Sarah Chaplin 

 

            Best Speaker: Miriam Swedlow

            Second Place Speaker: Sarah Chaplin

            Third Place Speaker: Sydney Conway

 

            



If you are interested in becoming a member of the Moot Court Honor Board, visit the Admission page. 




CONTACT:

Moot Court Honor Board
University of Washington 
School of Law
William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195-3020
 

COMPETITION SPONSORSHIP

Tomer Vandsburger, President,
mchbpres@uw.edu



DEVELOPMENT & OUTREACH

Ben Byers, VP Development, benjab2@uw.edu



REGIONAL/NATIONAL COMPETITIONS
Tyler Lichter, VP National Competitions, tlichter@uw.edu



IN HOUSE COMPETITIONS

Ben Nelson, VP In-House Competitions, bcn5@uw.edu



ALUMNI CONTACT

Seamus Labrum, VP Alumni Relations, seamusl@uw.edu



ACADEMIC CREDIT

Spencer Gall, VP Resources, spencergall@gmail.com



EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT
Taylor Sproed, VP Finance, tsproed@uw.edu



JUDGING
Miriam Swedlow, VP Judging,

judges@uw.edu



WEBSITE
Andrew S. Fuller, VP of Technology, shopandy@uw.edu