McGeorge School of Law

Busy Month for Mock Trial, Moot Court Teams

March 7, 2012

Pacific McGeorge's 2012 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Team

McGeorge's 2012 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Team: From left, Professor Ed Telfeyan, Justin Giovannettone, Erin Chan-Adams, Jeremy Ehrlich, Tim Kamermayer, Sara Kim, Elliot Karlin and Professor Erich Shiners

McGeorge mock trial and moot court teams were involved in several intercollegiate competitions in the last month with several teams bringing home awards for their efforts.

Rebecca Kelly, '13, Derek Hoffman, '12, David Norton, '13, and Courtney Martin, '13 advanced to the semifinal round of the American Association for Justice Mock Trial West Regional, which was held March 1 through 4, 2012, in Seattle. Keith Hill, '96, and Thien Ho, '98, coached one unit that fell to one of two UC Berkeley teams that advanced to the national finals from the 18-team field.

The ABA National Appellate Advocacy competition was held the same weekend in San Francisco. Competing against 31 other teams, the McGeorge team of Jeremy Ehrlich, '12, Erin Chan-Adams, '12 and Justin Giovannettone, '13, received an award for third best brief. Additionally, Tim Kamermayer, '12, on a separate team with Sara Kim, '13, and Elliot Karlin, '13, received the award for second best oralist in the competition. Both teams advanced to the semifinal round, before being barely edged out by teams from UC Davis and Baylor.

McGeorge also competed in the Niagara International Moot Court competition, which was held Feb. 23 through 25, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Third-year students Jason Buscaino, Brittany Griffith, Amy Hammond and Harpreet Nakhwal brought home a quarterfinalist plaque after being knocked out of the tournament by a University of Windsor team from Canada that won the event.

On Feb. 11, 2012, Christina Cortino, '12 and William Denis, '12, represented the law school well in the West Regional of the 21st Annual Saul Lefkowitz IP Moot Court Competition. That event, which is sponsored by the International Trademark Association, was held at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Santa Clara advanced to the national finals.

McGeorge will host its Sixth National Ethics Trial Competition from March 15-17 at the Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse in downtown Sacramento. Michelle Trigger, '12, and Tony Danielson, '12, will wrap up the mock trial season with an appearance in the 28-team finals of 37th Annual National Trial Competition, which are scheduled March 21-24 in Austin, Texas. They earned the law school's fifth trip in seven years to the prestigious national event with a regional victory last month.