First-year Students Wow Judges in Annual LAWS Competitions Reviewed by Momizat on . The Hon. Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, one of five bench judges to preside over the final round of Southwestern's Intramural Moot Court Co The Hon. Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, one of five bench judges to preside over the final round of Southwestern's Intramural Moot Court Co Rating: 0
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First-year Students Wow Judges in Annual LAWS Competitions

2014 Intramural Competition WinnersThe Hon. Robert J. Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, one of five bench judges to preside over the final round of Southwestern’s Intramural Moot Court Competition, has judged these at many different law schools. But after hearing Southwestern’s oralists argue, Justice Cordy said, “I can sum up this experience in one word: wow!”

In what has become a consistent tradition of excellence, judges commended the intelligence, poise and preparedness of the first-year law students who participated in Southwestern’s 2014 intramural advocacy competitions. Each year, outstanding 1L advocates impress leading jurists from local, state and federal courts with their skill and professionalism.

The culminating activity of Southwestern’s unique, three-track Legal Analysis, Writing and Skills (LAWS) program enabled first-year law students to participate in and receive recognition for excellence in appellate (moot court), negotiation or trial advocacy. Prominent members of the bench and bar served as judges for the final rounds in all three tracks.

During the Intramural Competition Awards Banquet on April 12 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, where the oral advocacy and writing award winners were announced, Dean Susan Prager praised the participants. “The final round judges were so complimentary of the student-lawyers they were asked to evaluate,” she said. “The added bonus was the judges’ excitement about the problems the students were grappling with – a high compliment to those who constructed this year’s problems. As if this were not enough, seeing the first-year students celebrating one another was truly special. All of this made Saturday evening’s celebration of student achievement a Dean’s dream!”

Following the mandatory rounds culminating the LAWS course, a total of 219 students out of 342 participated in the Intramural rounds: 96 for Moot Court, 73 for Negotiation and 50 for Trial Advocacy. Those students receiving special recognition excelled in oral advocacy or brief writing in one of the three competitions, and are eligible to interview this summer for membership in the Moot Court Honors Program, Negotiation Honors Program or Trial Advocacy Honors Program (TAHP)Continue reading…

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