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Moot Court Team Advances to Finals

2/26/2018  -  It is often said that success breeds success, and that certainly seems to be the case for the Capital University Law School National Moot Court squad. For the second time in three years, one of Capital’s teams is going on to compete in the National Finals.

The team of Sarah Ingles, L’18, and Christopher St. Pierre, L‘18 were one of only four teams out of a total of 32 at last week’s regional competition in Chicago to advance to the National Finals. The Finals will be held in Washington D.C. on April 5-7.

Sarah and Chris are used to working together toward a common goal—in addition to being moot court teammates and editors on the Law Review, they are engaged to be married after they graduate. In the Chicago competition, Sarah and Chris excelled by beating Detroit Mercy and Chicago Kent in the preliminary rounds, before going on to sweep the semifinal and final rounds against Stetson and Loyola of Chicago, respectively – two very strong teams. Both Sarah and Chris were richly praised by the judges, with Chris being officially recognized as the 9th best oralist at the competition. This year’s problem concerns whether the Americans with Disabilities Act requires law enforcement officers to accommodate the disabilities of mentally disabled persons when interacting with them in a criminal investigation.

A second team of Emily Anstaett, L’18, and David Pelletier, L’18, also proudly competed at last week’s competition and delivered strong arguments against some of the strongest teams in the region, including a sweeping defeat of Detroit Mercy in their final round.

The teams were supported by moot court fellows Christopher Begin, L’20, and Sarah Brown, L’20, each of whom provided critical support at the competition. Sarah Brown deserves special mention as she stepped in for a team member whose plane had been grounded due to fog and, on an hour’s notice, delivered a quality first round argument that kept the team’s hopes alive.

Coaching the teams for the third time this year are John Sauter, L’11, of Cloppert, Latanick, Sauter, & Washburn, and Jared Klaus of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur. CapLaw students are clearly learning a lot from these dedicated, veteran advocates.

In addition to the ABA National Team which will be going to the Finals in early April, Capital University Law School has three other moot court teams who will be competing in March: The Child Welfare and Adoption Law Team; the Criminal Law Team; and the Labor and Employment Law Team. Stay tuned for competition updates—and wish Sarah and Chris good luck when you see them around school.