Creighton Moot Court Finals Earn Compliments From Judges 11/14/18 11/14/18 10:11:29 AM
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Creighton Moot Court Finals Earn Compliments From Judges
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
Each year, second-year law students at Creighton University engage in a Moot Court competition, culminating
with the final teams competing last Thursday afternoon at the law school’s Gross Appellate Courtroom. The large lecture room was filled with students and faculty.
The final teams’ members were Maggie Brokaw and Montana Crow for the appellant and Julia Hartnett and Christopher McMahon for the appellee.
The judicial panel consisted of the Hon. L. Steven Grasz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit; the Hon. Robert Rossiter Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska and Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Stephanie Stacy.
After the judges’ deliberations, they declared Brokaw the event’s outstanding oralist. They awarded the appellee team the victory in the overall competition.
Justice Stacy lauded the participants for their preparation, poise and professionalism.
“You could go toe-to-toe with any of the lawyers whose arguments we have heard recently,” she said. “You are to be commended.”
She also noted that each of the four litigants had developed their own style and delivered their case with confidence. Judges Rossiter and Grasz echoed her remarks, expressing their admiration.
“And you’re only second-year students,” Rossiter said.
Earlier announced winners were Ryan Baker for best brief, with Emily Dickson as the runner-up.
Moot Court, while mandatory for second-year law students, also receives help from first-year law students (as bailiffs) and third-year law students (who run the event).
“It’s a very collaborative effort on part of the law school – faculty and alumni come back to judge,” said Carol Knoepfler, JD, assistant professor and organizer of the overall event each year.
Meriting special recognition were the McGrath North Mullin & Kratz law firm for the competition’s
monetary awards; the faculty and staff who served as judges; and Virginia Barden and Shai Gonzales, this year’s problem directors, who conceived of, researched and wrote the problem before the court; the 1L students who served as bailiffs; and the Legal Research & Writing III students.
The 2018-2019 Moot Court Board members are: Francesca Romano, president; Barden and Gonzales, program directors; Thomas Schumacher, VP Logistics; Ashley Brady and Megan Stevens, VP Judges; Hayley Carstens, VP Bailiffs; Leah Gleason, VP Coaching Sessions; Nathan Kinport, VP Public Relations; Taylor Williams, executive secretary; and members Andrew Anderson, Bryce Brown, Alexandra Fleming, Joe Hall, Marcia Kerrigan, Taylor McCloskey, Maggie Rossiter, Blake Schneiderwind, Jackie Tondl, Gary Turner, Natalie Williams and Nicole Wilson.