McGeorge School of Law

NAAC Teams Shine in Chicago

April 10, 2008

McGeorge was one of only four schools in the country that placed both of its teams in the finals of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC), held April 3-5 in Chicago.

Dan Croxall 4E, John Klotsche 4E and 3D Kirsten Brown 3D finished in ninth place. In addition, they were recognized for the third best brief out of an original 179-team field. Brown earned top ten individual honors, seventh place, for her oral arguments. Ryan Meyer 4E, Jason Marcus 3D and Loura Erickson 3D comprised the second McGeorge entry, which finished 17 th out of 25 teams that had advanced from the earlier regional competitions. Professor Ed Telfeyan coached the McGeorge teams. His son, Phil, was a member of the Harvard University team that won the national title.

In mid-March in Boston, McGeorge punched two tickets to the finals with strong performances in a 32-team regional field. Erickson received the award for second best oralist out of more than 100 participants. Her award marks the fourth time in the last six years that McGeorge has placed either first or second in regional individual honors.

The NAAC event emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a 40-page brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.

“It was an outstanding performance by our teams in both the regional and the finals,” Professor Ed Telfeyan said. “I want to recognize the great assistance provided by Erich Shiners, ’06, who served as my assistant coach. He was a member of our finalist team two years ago and his experience helped immensely. Getting two teams to the national finals is also a great credit to (Professor) Mary-Beth Moylan, who has worked tirelessly both in Appellate and International Advocacy and in co-teaching our new Advanced Appellate Advocacy seminar, which all of the ABA students have taken. Thanks also to (Professor) George Harris for his support and leadership.”

Professor Telfeyan is already making plans to build next year’s team. All students who will be 3D, 3E or 4E next year are invited to a meeting at 5 p.m., Monday, April 14 in Classroom C to learn about law school’s intercollegiate competition program.