April 4, 2017
The McGeorge School of Law team won the 2017 Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition. The Traynor competition is California's oldest and largest moot tournament. This
is the second straight year, and fourth in the last six, that McGeorge has won the
Traynor Competition. This year's competition was hosted by McGeorge School of Law
on April 1-2, 2017.
Third year law students José Parra, Conor Harkins, and KC Souza-Jenkins won the overall competition and received the Witkin Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. The team also finished second in Best Brief and Best Oral Argument team awards. Parra tied for top oralist, Harkins tied for fifth best oralist, and Souza-Jenkins tied for eighth best oralist. A team from University of West Los Angeles received the Traynor award for Best Oral Argument.
The McGeorge team this year was coached by professor Hether Macfarlane with assistance from Professor Adrienne Brungess, moot court alumna Corrie Erickson Manning, '11, and student coach Wilson Bao, '17. Second year student Garrett Seuell was a research assistant for the team. The final round was held before a panel that included California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin, joined by the Honorable Dylan Sullivan, '97, El Dorado Superior Court, and Galia Aharoni, Esq.
McGeorge will send two teams to the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition to compete against 22 other regional finalists in Chicago April 6-8, 2017. This is the second straight year, and the fourth year of the past seven, that McGeorge has placed both of its teams in the national finals. McGeorge is one of only two schools to send both of its teams to the finals.
"I am so proud of these team members and coaches," said professor Ed Telfeyan, director of the McGeorge Moot Court Program. "This win puts us on track to be the best-ranked moot court team in California this year."
The Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston compiles national rankings for law school moot court teams, and those rankings will be finalized after the results of the ABA Nationals.
McGeorge School of Law is rated the 10th best law school in the country when it comes to trial advocacy, according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools for 2018 released on March 14, 2017. Success in the trial advocacy ranking is attributed to McGeorge's award-winning mock trial, moot court, and alternative dispute resolution programs, directed by the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. These programs provide opportunities for students to hone their skills in the trial courtroom, appellate advocacy, client counseling, negotiation, and arbitration. McGeorge students are able to test their abilities in competitions around the world.