McGeorge School of Law

Moot Team Hardwired for Hardware

November 1, 2012

Professor Ed Telfeyan, Madison Simmons, Justin Giovannettone, assistant coach Gil Vega

Professor Ed Telfeyan with Madison Simmons, Justin Giovannettone, and assistant coach Gil Vega.

The McGeorge Moot Court Team scored an early-season success last weekend in San Diego and has the trophies and plaques — they like to call it hardware — to prove it.

Justin Giovannettone and Madison Simmons won seven of eight rounds en route to a second-place finish at the 24th Annual University of San Diego National Criminal Procedure Tournament, which was held from Oct. 25-28.

The McGeorge tandem worked its way through a powerful field, advancing to the final round of the tournament and losing narrowly to the champion South Texas College of Law. In addition, the Simmons team received an average score for its brief of 95 (out of 100), placing it among the best briefs submitted in the tournament.

A second McGeorge team, comprised of Cole Sherman and Megan Beaver, also performed strongly in the event, winning four or five rounds, advancing to the octofinals of the 40-team double bracket competition. In addition, Beaver was named the ninth best oralist (out of 80 competitors) in the competition and received a plaque for the honor.

Ed Telfeyan, the director of the Moot Court Program, and former Moot Court Honors Board member Gil Vega, '09, coached the McGeorge entries.

The field included teams from Alabama, Baylor, Fordham, Marquette, Pepperdine, Santa Clara, Stetson, UC Hastings and many of the other nationally ranked moot court programs in the country.