McGeorge School of Law

Strong Showing At NAAC Finals

Rachel Julagay

Rachel Julagay

McGeorge advanced to the semifinal round of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, held April 6-8 in Chicago, the law school’s best showing at the prestigious annual event since 1996.

Aaron Avery 3D, Rachel Julagay 3D and Erich Shiners 4E, who swept through five opponents in the New York Regional in February, continued their winning streak in Chicago until falling to Seton Hall University. Regent University School of Law won the national title, beating Seton Hall in the championship round.

More than 160 teams from law schools across the country began the competition with only 20 advancing to the national finals. McGeorge received an award for the third best brief in the finals competition while Julagay received an award as the ninth best oralist. The team was coached by Professors Geoff Burroughs, Ed Telfeyan, George Harris and Mary-Beth Moylan with the latter accompanying the team to Chicago. The competition involved a hypothetical appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States. Teams were required to write a 40-page brief as either respondent or petitioner and then argue the case in front of mock courts in the regionals and finals.