While I was working into the evening on the third floor of Eckstein Hall, a friend stopped to catch up. On the table in front of me were piles of handwritten notes, highlighted cases, outlined arguments, and cheat-sheets, organized by Petitioner or Respondent. Color-coded flashcards were stacked in the corner. I was surrounded by seven-and-a-half weeks worth of sticky notes. I was a few days away from my moot court competition, and reviewing every single note card’s scribbled phrase, ensuring I was ready for any and all arguments from opposing counsel and questions from the judges. She gave me a sympathetic look. “Moot court,” I said.
She asked if I felt it was all worth it, for “just a resume booster.”
I looked at everything in front of me. Seven-and-a-half weeks of color-coded chaos. The disorganization reflected my anxiety. But all of it also reflected an extraordinary amount of work and number of hours mastering an area of the law that just seven weeks ago I found foreign and intimidating. I smiled. Was it all worth it? Continue reading “Resume Booster”
Congratulations to 3Ls Olivia Garman and Samuel Simpson for placing in the Octofinals in the National Criminal Procedure Tournament in San Diego. The team’s advisors are Professors Susan Bay and Thomas Hammer, and the team coaches are Attorneys Brittany Kachingwe, Sarah McNutt, and Mary Youssi. All three coaches are former Marquette moot court competitors.
Marquette hosted the Region VIII round of the NMCC on November 17-18, 2018.
Please congratulate team members Jessica Delgado, Emily Gaertner, and Sarita Olson, who received the highest brief score in the competition and award for best Petitioner’s brief. The team advanced to the quarterfinals. Professor Rebecca Blemberg advised the team, and attorneys Bryn Baker, Veronica Corcoran, and Chal Little coached the team.
Please congratulate Claudia Ayala Tabares, Katie Bakunowicz, and Kelsey Stefka for placing in the semifinal round. I had the privilege of working with this team, and the team was coached by Attorneys Jason Luczak, Brianna Meyer, and Max Stephenson.
Continue reading “Congratulations to Marquette’s National Moot Court Competitors”
Congratulations to the 2018 Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition finalists. The teams advancing to the final rounds on April 19 are as follows:
Killian Commers and William Ruffing v. Olivia Garman and Sarita Olson
We appreciate the judging assistance in the semifinal round of the Hon. Michael Aprahamian, Hon. William Duffin, Hon. Beth Hanan, Hon. Michael Halfenger, Hon. Nancy Joseph, and Atty. Brent Nistler.
Congratulations to the students in the 2018 Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition who advanced from the quarterfinal round to the semifinal round. These students will be competing at 1 p.m. today:
William Ruffing & Killian Commers v. Alexander Hensley & Claudia Ayala
Jehona Osmani & Emily Gaertner v. Sarita Olson & Olivia Garman
Congratulations to all the teams who competed in the quarterfinals. We appreciated the judges coming out to hear the oralists. Among the judges were a number of Jenkins and moot court alumni, including Natalie Schiferl, who came all the way from Minnesota to judge with her Jenkins partner, Mary Youssi.
Best of luck to the semifinalists!
Congratulations to the students in the Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition who have moved on to the inaugural quarterfinal round of the competition. The students will be competing on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. to determine who will be advancing to the semifinal round on April 15 at 1:00 p.m.
The teams will be paired as follows:
Emily Gaertner and Jehona Osmani v. Simone Haugen and Anne O’Meara
Olivia Garman and Sarita Olson v. Katie Bakunowicz and Kelsey Stefka
Claudia Ayala Tabares and Alexander Hensley v. Elizabeth Grabow and Zeinat Hindi
Killian Commers and William Ruffing v. Be’Jan Edmonds and Ian Pomplin
Congratulations to all the participants in the competition. We also very much appreciate the judges who grade briefs and participate in the preliminary rounds. This year we had two Jenkins alums, Attorneys Lindsey Anderson and Averi Niemuth, judging together in the preliminary rounds. One of the great things about moot court is how active our alums and volunteers are, and we appreciate their time and assistance every year.
This weekend 3ls Isabelle Faust and Jessica Lothman competed in the Evans Moot Court Competition at the University of Wisconsin Law School. The team advanced to the quarterfinals (final eight), and they were seeded first in that round as well as in the final sixteen. Isabelle was designated the third best oralist in the competition out of 52 individual competitors. Isabelle and Jessica were coached by Attorneys Nick Chmurski, Erin Karshen, Matt Torbenson, Prashant Dayal, and Patrick Ruelle and faculty advisors Scott Idleman and Jacob Carpenter. Their time and assistance is much appreciated. Congratulations team!
This weekend 3ls Meredith Donaldson and Ben Lucareli competed in the 47th William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Moot Court Tournament at William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. The team advanced to the quarterfinals amidst stiff competition. Meredith and Ben were coached by three moot court alumni: Attorneys Nicholas Chmurski, Stephen Cox, and Matthew Martz. Their time and assistance is much appreciated. Congratulations team!
The Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition is the appellate moot court competition for Marquette law students and is the capstone event of the intramural moot court program. Students are invited to participate based on their top performance in the fall Appellate Writing and Advocacy class at the Law School. Tsz King Tse is the Associate Justice who is running this year’s competition.
Congratulations to the participants of the 2018 Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition:
Claudia Ayala Tabares
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition, Nate Oesch and Elisabeth Thompson. Congratulations also go to finalists A.J. Lawton and Ashley Smith. Nate Oesch and Elisabeth Thompson additionally won the Franz C. Eschweiler Prize for Best Brief. Ashley Smith won the Ramon A. Klitzke Prize for Best Oralist.
The competitors argued before a large audience in the Appellate Courtroom. Presiding over the final round were Hon. Paul J. Watford, Hon. James D. Peterson, Hon. Amy J. St. Eve.
Many thanks to the judges and competitors for their hard work, enthusiasm, and sportsmanship in all the rounds of competition, as well as to the moot court executive board and Law School administration and staff for their work in putting on the event. Special thanks to Dean Kearney for his support of the competition. Thank you as well to the Moot Court Association for its work in putting this event together, and especially 3L executive board members Samuel (Micah) Woo, who organized the competition, and Chief Justice Barry Braatz.
Students are selected to participate in the competition based on their success in the fall Appellate Writing and Advocacy class at the Law School.
The final round may be viewed here.
Congratulations to the 2017 Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition finalists. The teams advancing to the final rounds are as follows:
Nate Oesch and Elisabeth Thompson v. AJ Lawton and Ashley Smith
We appreciate the judging assistance in this round of the Hon. Nancy Joseph, Atty. Stephen Cox, Atty. Katherine Hartmann, Atty. Lauren Maddente, Atty. Hannah Schieber Jurss, and Atty. Mary Youssi.