April 8, 2017
Second-year student Wiemond Wu won the Top Oral Advocate Award at the McGeorge Global Lawyering Skills (GLS) Final Four competition on April 6, 2017.
The distinguished judges who presided over the competition were: Justice Elena Duarte, California Third District Court of Appeal, Justice Jonathan Renner, '96, California Third District Court of Appeal, and Judge Kendall Newman, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.
In addition to the outstanding performance by Mr. Wu, a number of other students were honored at the Final Four competition. Finalist awards were given to Paige Davidson, My Tien Doan and Garrett Seuell. Best Brief Awards were conferred upon Erin Riswold, Michael Laino, Ms. Davidson and Mr. Wu.
"All of these students deserve hearty congratulations for representing McGeorge so well," said Professor Mary-Beth Moylan, Director of the Global Lawyering Skills Program.
McGeorge's GLS II course culminates in the "Final Four" competition, which is unique among law schools. While in most law schools students participate in Moot Court exercises, here students simulate a much more realistic litigation experience. Students work with a single case preparing and arguing motions in the trial court through the appeals process following a judgment. This way, students see how the case evolves, applying attorneys' analytical skills to solve real litigation problems. This year's problem involved a criminal case and students were asked to research and argue both Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues.
GLS II was taught this year by Professor Lindsey Blanchard, Professor Daniel Croxall, Professor Gretchen Franz, Professor Hether Macfarlane, Professor Jeffrey Proske, Professor Moylan, Professor Richard Schickele and Professor Edward Telfeyan. 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.