McGeorge School of Law

Team Reaches NYC Quarterfinals

February 5, 2013

Ed Telfeyan, Marianna Dietrich, John Ziegler, Lauren Noland, Etan Zaitsu

From left, Professor Ed Telfeyan, Marianna Dietrich, John Ziegler, Lauren Noland and Etan Zaitsu, '11.

A McGeorge team advanced to the quarterfinals of the New York City Bar Association's 63rd Annual National Moot Court Competition championship tournament, which was held Jan. 28-31.

The competition, one of the most prestigious in the nation, brought together 30 teams from 15 regional events held in November around the country. More than 150 law schools and 200 teams competed in the opening rounds. Third-year day students John Ziegler, Marianna Dietrich and Lauren Noland earned their ticket to the "Big Apple" by winning a Northern California regional hosted by UC Davis.

In New York, the McGeorge team won preliminary-round events against Regent University and Fordham to advance to the 16-team elimination round. After beating the University of Montana, the lone California team left standing was outpointed by Roger Williams University, the New England regional champion. Perennial power Stetson University won the national championship.

Professor Ed Telfeyan, '75, the director of the McGeorge Moot Court program, coached and accompanied the team to New York City. Former McGeorge Appellate Advocate of the Year Etan Zaitsu, '11, and Global Lawyering Skills II adjunct professor Ric Schickele were the team's assistant coaches. Devin Black, Catherine Bonnano and Zach Scalzo also competed in the tournament's regional round.