2018 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law Teams

 

Florida Coastal School of Law wins the 2018 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law

Twenty-six teams from eight states participated in the thirteenth annual National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law on March 9th and 10th. The final round was a Sunshine State derby, in which Florida Costal School of Law prevailed over Florida State University School of Law.

Vivian Gonzalez and Daniela Carcamo, prevailed to bring Florida Coastal School of Law its third competition title in seven years. The competition problem involved “Immigration in Child Welfare.” Oral argument rounds were held at the Ohio Statehouse and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Retired Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Evelyn Stratton presided over the final round, with CULS Dean Rachel Janutis and representatives of the Competition’s national partners: Magistrate Kathryn Boller-Koch, representing the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law, Debra Guston, Esq., President of the American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, and Judge Denise Navarre Cubbon who represented the National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges.

We would like to thank the Columbus Bar Foundation’s Theodore L. Horst Fund for sponsoring the competition’s lunch on Friday. The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys again provided funds for competition awards and trophies, including a cash prize for the winning and finalist teams’ competitors.

A competition of this size would not have been possible without the judges, magistrates, attorneys, law professors, students, and community members who volunteered their time for this event. Thank you to over sixty local attorneys and judges who volunteered their time on a Friday or Saturday to adjudicate and give feedback to the competitors, another nineteen volunteers from across the nation who judged the competitors’ Briefs, Main Campus student volunteers- including the 3+3 students who will graduate in a few years with both an undergraduate and a Law Degree, current CULS students, and our willing CULS Alumni. All the support made this year’s competition a huge success!

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RESULTS

2018 Champions: Team 11: Florida Coastal School of Law, Vivian Gonzalez and Daniela Carcamo

Final Round Best Oralist: Vivian Gonzalez

Runners Up: Team 04: Florida State University School of Law, Chelsie Lyons and Mourama Saint -Fleur

Semi-Finalists:

Team 21: Baylor Law School, Tim Delabar & Lincoln Floyd

Team 07: Michigan State University College of Law, Mellisa Reilly & Emily Vanderlaan

Best Briefs

1st Place: Team 23: Southern Illinois University School of Law, Alyce Grigsby, Nicholas Loehr, Jordan Maddox

2nd Place: Team 4: Florida State University College of Law, Chelsie Lyons, Mourama Saint-Fleur

3rd Place: Team 12: Michigan State University College of Law, Lauren Rogers, Andrea D'Silva, Amy Wolanin

 

FINAL ROUND JUDGES

 

2018 Teams

Baylor Law School (2 Teams)

Capital University Law School

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Cleveland Marshall College of Law

Florida Coastal School of Law (2 Teams)

Florida State University College of Law

Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2 Teams)

Michigan State University College of Law (2 Teams)

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law School

Southern Illinois University School of Law (2 Teams)

Temple University Beasley School of Law

The John Marshall Law School

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

University Detroit Mercy School of Law (2 Teams)

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

University of San Diego School of Law (2 Teams)

Washburn University School of Law

Western State College of Law (2 Teams)