National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law
On March 10 & 11th, the Family and Youth Law Center and Capital University Law School hosted the twelfth annual National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law. The competition problem involved “Child Welfare and Parental Disability”. This year’s competition drew 23 teams of law students from across the country; oral argument rounds were held at the Ohio Statehouse and the Supreme Court of Ohio.
We were especially pleased to welcome the following schools, which participated for the first time this year: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law, and the William & Mary Law School.
Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Patrick DeWine presided over the final round in which the University of San Diego team of Kendra Tovey & Ryan Ramos defeated an excellent team from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The final round panel also included Dean Rachel Janutis and representatives of the Competition’s national partners: Colleen Quinn of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and Judge Anthony Capizzi of the National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges.
We would like to thank the Columbus Bar Foundation’s Theodore L. Horst Fund for sponsoring the competition’s lunch on Friday and the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys for providing an annual pledge that supports Competition awards, including a plaque for the winning team, a plaque and trophy for the winning school.
A competition of this size would not have been possible without the over 60 judges, magistrates, attorneys, law professors, students, and community members who volunteered their time for this event. We had over 20 Capital University Law School Alumni and 24 Capital University Law School students volunteer! Thank you to everyone who participated to make this year’s competition a huge success!