Mitchell Hamline National Moot Court Competition teams advance to quarterfinal rounds of regional competition and take home top oral advocate awards
Two teams from Mitchell Hamline competed November 17-19 at the National Moot Court regional competition hosted this year by Drake University Law School. Both teams enjoyed tremendous success:
The Petitioner team consisting of O. Joey Balthazor, Lizzy Karp, and Kirsten Pagel went undefeated through the preliminary rounds and advanced to the quarterfinals where they narrowly lost to a team from the University of Iowa. The Respondent team of Kojo Addo, Beth Butler, and Nick Strafaccia also did tremendously well. Their exceptional advocacy skills helped them advance to the quarterfinal rounds, where they lost to the eventual-regional winner Drake University. All competitors received high praise for their analytical and oral advocacy skills.
A special congratulations to Nick Straffacia, who received the second place overall award for top oral advocacy in the competition. Kojo Addo also received special recognition, receiving the eighth place overall award for oral advocacy.
Please congratulate Nick, Kojo, Beth, Joey, Lizzy, and Kirsten on their excellent work as appellate advocates! Notably, Mitchell Hamline was one of only two schools to have both of its teams qualify for the quarterfinal round.
Since 1950, the New York City Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers have sponsored this prestigious appellate advocacy competition, making it one of the oldest and largest law school moot court competitions in the country. For information on the National Moot Court Competition go to: http://www.nycbar.org/law-students/national-moot-court. Each year, top-performing advocates from the Rosalie Wahl Moot Court are invited to represent the law school in the National Moot Court Competition.