McGeorge students Chris Maloney and Catherine Hawe were the winning team at the National Cultural Heritage Moot Court Competition hosted by DePaul University College of Law in Chicago Feb. 26-28, 2016. A video of the final rounds is on YouTube.
McGeorge sent two teams to the National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition, where 22 teams from law schools from around the country participated.
The second team was comprised of students Amanda Ryan and Jessica Melgar, who produced a brilliant performance that advanced the team to the octo-final round. Professor Jeff Proske served as co-coach for the teams with former Moot Court award winner Diana Chinn, '10, and student coach, Brooke Fries.
The team of Maloney and Hawe won the competition after their final round of arguments before a distinguished panel of judges from the Seventh Circuit and the Tenth Circuit United States Courts of Appeal in the imposing Seventh Circuit courtroom. In addition to winning the top team award, Maloney won for Best Oralist, and both Hawe and Maloney won Best Runner-Up Brief.
The problem for this year's competition featured a dispute between the Acropolis Museum and the British Museum regarding the return of the storied "Elgin Marbles" and issues arising under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Act of State Doctrine.
"Chris and Catherine and their team members worked very hard on their advocacy," said coach Proske. "They demonstrated the best of what we hope to achieve for our students, the profession and our system of justice."