National Appellate Advocacy Team
(Left to right) Professor Andrew Pollis, Steph Starek and Krithika Rajkumar and Professor Katy Sords Mercer.
From February 16-18, two CWRU teams competed in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Portland, Oregon. The team of 3Ls Krithika Rajkumar and Stephanie Starek finished the competition with a 4-1 record and beat Miami in the fifth round to earn a berth at the National Finals, which take place in Washington, DC from April 5-7.
This year's competition problem involves the Americans with Disabilities Act and considers whether police departments must make accommodations to mentally disabled individuals in the arrest and station-house-interview contexts. The CWRU teams were coached by Professors Katy Mercer and Andrew Pollis.
Jessup International Law Moot Court Team
(Left-to-right) Megan MacCullum, Taylor Frank, Alex Lilly, Andrea Shaia and team captain Allie Mooney are pictured with the judges.
CWRU's Jessup International Law Moot Court team -- 3L Allie Mooney, 2L Taylor Frank, 2L Alex Lilly, 1L Andrea Shaia, and 1L Megan MacCallum -- was victorious in the Regional Competition, held February 9-11 in Chicago, and will next compete in the International Rounds, March 29-April 7 in Washington, DC.
The CWRU team won a best brief award and team member Alex Lilly was recognized as one of the top ten oralists in the Regional Competition. After excelling in the preliminary rounds, the CWRU team advanced to the Quarter Finals where they defeated Loyola Law School of Chicago. Next, CWRU beat Wisconsin Law School in the Semi Finals. CWRU ultimately came in second to Wayne State in the Finals; the top two teams both earn a berth in the prestigious International Rounds in Washington, DC.
This is the seventh time in thirteen years that the CWRU Jessup team has progressed to the International Rounds of the Jessup Competition; CWRU is the last US school to have won the World Championship. Ripped from the headlines, this year's Jessup competition problem involves the legitimacy of use of force against perceived threats to national security. The CWRU Jessup team is coached by alumni brothers Chris McLaughlin (partner at Jones Day) and Conor McLauglin (partner at Thompson Hine).
Stay tuned to Trending for an update on how the CWRU teams do in the upcoming D.C. Competitions.
International Criminal Court Moot Court Team
CWRU’s International Criminal Court Moot Court Team -- Joseph Shell, Lauren Stuy, Kelsey Smith, Sabrina Turner, and Celena Krause – excelled in the North America National Competition, held from March 16-18 in New York. During the competition, Joseph Shell argued on behalf of the Victims - 10,000 human trafficked exploited workers; Kelsey Smith argued on behalf of the Defendant - a corporate CEO four levels of administration removed from the independent companies that actually engaged in human trafficking; and Celena Krause argued on behalf of the Office of the Prosecutor that the crime of human trafficking rose to the level of a crime against humanity.
Based on its outstanding briefs and oral arguments, the CWRU team made it to the Semi-Finals, continuing its string of success in the competition which involves a fictional case before the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court. In 2017, CWRU won a Best Brief Award, and in 2015 and 2016, CWRU won a Best Oralist Award at the ICC Moot Court competition. The team is coached by Professors Cassandra Robertson and Michael Benza.