On April 12, 2018, the Legal Writing Department and Moot Court Program honored the following individuals for their contributions to and achievements in this year's Samuel M. Fegtly 2L Moot Court Competition.
Top Advocate / F. Britton Burns Award for best oral argument in the final round: Jesus Alonso ('19).
Finalist Awards, two $500 prizes and sponsored by alumnus J. Scott Burns ('76) to honor his father F. Britton Burns ('41) went to the students who reached the final round: Jesus Alonso and Ethan Posey ('19).
Semifinalist Awards, two $100 prizes, also sponsored by J. Scott Burns in honor of his father, went to the two other students who reached the semifinal round: Roberta Lentz ('19) and Andrea Middleton ('19).
2018 Semifinalists Andrea Middleton, Bobbi Lentz, Ethan Posey, and Jesus Alonso
with 2017 finalists Rachel Dyckman and Joe Bonasera (l-r).
Samuel M. Fegtly Award, recognized by inscription on a plaque for permanent display in the law school, went to the student with the best combined score for brief writing and oral arguments in the preliminary rounds: Roberta Lentz.
Suzanne Rabe Award for Best Brief, consisting of an inscription on a plaque for permanent display in the law school and $500 prize, went to the student who wrote the best Moot Court brief: Francisco Ortiz (2L, advanced standing).
The Moot Court, Excellence in Brief Writing award, recognizing an outstanding quality written brief in the competition, was presented to: Randall Nice ('19).
Jesus Alonso, Pierre Arrouy (2L, advanced standing) and David Barlow ('18) received certificates of honorable mention for achievement in brief writing.
The Moot Court, Excellence in Oral Argument award, recognizing outstanding quality in oral argument in the preliminary rounds, was presented to: Jesus Alonso, Travis Atwood ('19), David Barlow, Aaron Green ('19), Roberta Lentz, and Ethan Posey.
2018 Fegtly Award Winner Bobbi Lentz, Professor Susie Salmon,
2017 Fegtly Award Winner Holly Bainbridge.
In addition, each of the 2018 Moot Court Board members received engraved gavels in recognition of their work on this year's class and competition:
Holly Bainbridge ('18)
Joe Bonasera ('18)
Rachel Dyckman ('18)
Mia Hammersley ('18)
Doug Imperi ('18)
Fernanda Munoz ('18)
Julie Pack ('18)
Josh Weiss ('18)
2017-2018 Moot Court Board (l-r): Julie Pack, Doug Imperi, Holly Bainbridge, Mia Hammersley, Joe Bonasera,
Fernanda Munoz, and Rachel Dyckman.
The newly announced members of the 2018-2019 Arizona Law National Appellate Advocacy Competition teams are:
And the following students earned spots on the 2019 Moot Court Board:
Jessica Moore ('19)
Professor Susie Salmon, Director of Legal Writing writes,
"We owe a great debt of gratitude to our three judges from Thursday night --Judge Stephen M. McNamee ('69) and Judge Jennifer G. Zipps from the District of Arizona, and Professor Diana Simon -- who gave the competitors an unmatchable experience. A special thank you to Justice Andrew Gould, who was on his way to judge for us when he was caught in a dust storm on the I-10, the freeway was closed, and he had to return home. Thank you to this year's Moot Court Board, who worked hard to organize and administer the competition. Enormous thanks go to Professor Simon for writing yet another excellent, interesting problem, to Assistant Director of Legal Writing Tessa Dysart for running the College's appellate advocacy programs and this competition, and to Debbie Martin for her work on the competition and the awards ceremony."
The judges (l-r):) Judge Jennifer Guerin Zipps (District of Arizona), Judge Stephen M. McNamee (District of Arizona) and Professor Diana Simon.
Also, Mia Hammersley, 3L bailiff.