April 13, 2016
Second-year student Aman Grewal won the Top Oral Advocate Award at the McGeorge Global Lawyering Skills (GLS) Final Four competition on April 7, 2016.
The distinguished judges who presided over the competition were: Judge L. Felipe Restrepo, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Associate Justice Louis Mauro, California Third District Court of Appeal; and Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Judge Restrepo is also the McGeorge Lou Ashe Distinguished Jurist for 2016, and he presented on a panel titled “Defender to Bench” on April 6, 2016, and gave the Lou Ashe lecture on April 8, 2016. He is a newly appointed Third Circuit judge and it was a tremendous honor to have him on campus for three days. "Our students were so fortunate to have Judge Restrepo on campus to participate in the Lou Ashe Series and the Final Four this year," said Professor Cary Bricker, co-director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.
In addition to the outstanding performance by Ms. Grewal, a number of other students were honored at the Final Four competition. Finalist awards were given to Katie Hulse, KC Souza, and Lilliana Udang. Best Brief Awards were conferred upon Anton Babich, Amy Monroe, KC Souza, and Lilliana Udang. The case for the Final Four this year focused on personal jurisdiction over a psychotherapist living in Austria and the contours of a justification defense to a breach of confidentiality claim under California and Austrian law. Professor Mary-Beth Moylan, the director of the GLS program and co-director of the Center of Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, observed that "the judges were incredibly well-versed in the law and facts, the students were poised and articulate, and the courtroom was full — it could not have been a more dynamic competition."
GLS II was taught this year by Professor Moylan, Judge Thadd Blizzard, Professor Adrienne Brungess, Professor Hether Macfarlane, Professor Maureen Moran and Professor Ric Schickele. Annette Bethea serves as the GLS administrative assistant.
The GLS Final Four Oral Advocates receive the Diana P. Scott award. Ms. Scott, a 1978 McGeorge graduate, served two terms on the Alumni Association Board prior to her death in 2010.