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Capital Teams Excel in Moot Court, Mock Trial

5/8/2019  -  Capital University Law School was well represented this spring in a variety of national moot court competitions.

Two teams from Capital participated in the 42nd annual American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Brooklyn, New York. The team of Rhiannon Herbert, L’19, and Hayley Searls, L’19, notched victories over Southern Methodist University School of Law and the University of Houston Law Center, and also earned one of the highest brief scores of any Capital Law team to compete in the ABA National competition.

Herbert and Searls advanced to the semifinals, where they were defeated by first seed Belmont Law School. Capital Law team members Devon Alexander, L’19, and Sarah Brown, L’20, also received excellent oral argument scores, but fell just short of victory over several very competitive schools. While neither team advanced to the finals, each team member worked extremely hard and should be congratulated for their efforts.

The national teams were coached by John R. Sauter, L’11, and Jared M. Klaus. John Sauter is an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Cloppert, Latanick, Sauter & Washburn. Jared Klaus is an attorney in private practice with the law firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur. The teams were also assisted by Moot Court Fellows Ashley Parisi, L’21, Rebecca Hill, L’21, and Erin Haughey, L’21.

Capital Law was also represented in national competitions focusing on adoption law, labor and employment law, and criminal law. Capital’s Adoption Law Team of Zachary Whitt, L’19, Andrea Lawson, L’19, and Morgan Craig, L’20, received the award for third-place brief. The team was assisted by fellows Cody Pounds, L’21, and Elizabeth Gleason, L’21, and coached by Hanna Botkin-Doty, L’13, of Artz, Dewhirst & Wheeler.

The Labor and Employment Law Team of Jamie Bailey, L’20, Sulman Kahn, L’20, and Zach Wellman, L’19, gave strong performances in preliminary round arguments, and, while not advancing to the Round of 16, showed great improvement. The team is coached by Dan Shuey, a Partner with the Vorys firm, and Brandon Lestor, Associate General Counsel at The Ohio State University. The team was also assisted by fellows Humphrey Kweminyi, L’21, and James McGuire, L’21. Also performing well were Criminal Law Team members Chris Begin, L’20, and Tanner Lawrence, L’20, who won praise from judges for their arguments in the national competition. The team is coached by Assistant U.S Attorney Mary Beth Young, and assisted by fellows Regina Mandicino, L’21, and Abigail Greene, L’21.

Capital’s National Mock Trial Teams also earned high praise in the American Association for Justice National Mock Trial Competition Cleveland Regional. Team members Sara Valentine, L’19, Briana Morris, L’19, and Tyler Hall, L’19, each secured nominations for the competition’s best advocate. Although they did not advance to the national round, Capital Law’s team performed extremely well in a tough field of competitors. The team is sponsored by Reminger Co., LPA, and is coached by practicing litigators at the firm.