March 1, 2011
Two McGeorge teams were named regional champions at the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition held February 24-26, 2011, at the U.S. District Courthouse in San Francisco, and both will now advance to the NAAC national finals scheduled for April 7-9 in Chicago, IL.
The team of Kim Bowman, '11, Conness Thompson, '11, and Jeremy Ehrlich, '12, defeated George Mason University in the final round. Bowman was named Best Oralist of the 96 competitors while Thompson took ninth in that category. The team, which went undefeated and was seeded No. 1 in the entire field at the end of the competition, was also recognized for the sixth best brief.
The team of Caitlin Urie Christian, '11, Jill Larrabee, '12, and Leo Moniz, '12, defeated UC Hastings in the final round to earn its trip to the 32nd annual NAAC national championship. The team was honored with the Best Brief Award, and Leo Moniz was named the fourth-best oralist.
Both teams were coached by Professors Ed Telfeyan, '75, and Erich Shiners, '06, assisted by Andrea Dupray, '11, a member of the 2009-2010 Moot Court Honors Board. "This is the equivalent of a 'Grand Slam,'" said Telfeyan, director of the Moot Court Program. "For McGeorge to send two teams to Chicago is fantastic, but to also get top brief, top oralist, and three of the top ten speaker awards is a remarkable, and perhaps unprecedented, achievement."
The ABA NAAC is the largest law school moot court competition, with 207 teams competing in six regional events for 24 coveted invitations to the NAAC National Final. A team from UC Berkeley and a team from Baylor also advanced from the San Francisco regional. South Texas College of Law is the defending national champion.