McGeorge School of Law

UW Wins McGeorge Tang Regional

October 30, 2012

UW Wins McGeorge Tang Regional

Morrison England poses a question to the competitors in the final round as fellow judges Connie Callahan and Jerilyn Paik listen.

McGeorge hosted the 2012 Western Regional of the 20th Annual Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition on Oct. 26 and 27. Nate Bingham and Emily Toler of the University of Washington edged Lindsay Johnson and Chris Hossellman of Chapman University in the Saturday finals. Both teams advanced to the championship finals next month in Washington, D.C.

Judge Connie Callahan of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Morrison England of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, and Jerilyn Paik, CFO of the Asian-Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento, formed a distinguished panel that judged the final round. McGeorge wishes to thank all the members of the Sacramento Bar Association who volunteered their time to judge preliminary-round competition.

"Our guests were very impressed with the way our McGeorge Moot Court Honors Board hosted and administered this competition," said Peng Thao, vice executive chair of the honors board and committee chair of the Tang regional competition. "They were delighted by the cordiality showed by our law school's staff, faculty and students."

Fourteen teams from nine law schools participated in the event, one of five regionals held across the country this month. In addition to Chapman and Washington, LaVerne, Seattle, Texas Southern, Trinity, UC Hastings, University of San Francisco and the host school were represented at the two-day program. The Tang competition is sponsored by the National Asian-Pacific American Bar Association.

"Our competitors commented on how organized and smooth the competition was run." Thao said. "We received many compliments on the size and beauty of beautiful campus, the classrooms, and the new library."

Ali Rakshanifar and Ashley Connell formed one McGeorge team while Vivian Cho and Pooja Kumar were the second McGeorge team. "They performed admirably, with poise and composure, and were in contention to advance throughout the preliminary stage," Thao said. "The difference between second place and seventh place in the preliminary stage was seven points. That shows how tremendously close this competition was at the preliminary stage, but only four teams advanced to the semifinals."

Sara Kim, who will graduate in December 2012 along with Thao, served as committee co-chair of the Tang regional. She and Andrea Moon, '13, vice executive chair of the honors board, were among the other key organizers.