April 1, 2011
Michelle Wells captured the Top Oral Advocate Award at the McGeorge Global Lawyering Skills Final Four competition on March 31, 2011, before a distinguished panel of jurists in the courtroom.
Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, presided over the program flanked by Art Scotland,'74, the former presiding justice of the California Third District Court of Appeal, and Justice Andrea Hoch,'84, the newest member of the state's Third Appellate District bench.
Wells and her partner, Amber Simmons, argued for the defendants-appellees in the case of Petrillo v. Yun et al. against second-year classmates Erin Chan-Adams and Daniel Taylor on the plaintiff-appellant side. Each of the four receives the Diana P. Scott Prize for outstanding moot court achievement in the program's preliminary rounds.
Jason Buscaino, Kellen Crowe, Ginny Ellis and Ha "Sara" Kim were honored with Best Brief Awards. William Denis, Harpreet Nakhwal, Caitlin Smith and William Whaley were also cited for reaching the elite eight of the oral competition.
Professors Mary-Beth Moylan and Stephanie Thompson are the director and assistant director, respectively, of the GLS II program. Teaching assistants this academic year included Diane Coderniz, Dan Cucchi, Corrie Erickson, Brandon Esraelian, Matt Fleming, Ariel Gabbert, Agnes Gyorfi, David Magnan, Christina Miller, Jeannette Orozco, Scott Radcliffe, Erin Smith, Jasmine Turner-Bond, Caitlin Urie and Etan Zaitsu - the 2010 Final Four champion.