11th Annual Susan E. McGuigan Oral Advocacy Competition winners announced

In April, Whittier Law School held the 11th Annual Susan E. McGuigan Oral Advocacy Competition for Whittier Law first-year students. More than 230 students worked all semester preparing for the competition, which involved appellate brief problems in civil procedure, torts, contracts law, trademark and copyright infringement, and federal civil rights law.

Left to right: Jordan Matthews, Iris Vasquez, Ally Fitzgerald, Mariagnee Moreno and Brian Poladian
Left to right: Jordan Matthews, Iris Vasquez, Ally Fitzgerald, Mariagnee Moreno and Brian Poladian

The competition was coordinated by Kelley Mauerman, the Assistant Director of the Lawyering Skills Institute. The final round was judged by Associate Dean Andrea Funk, Professor Patricia Leary, and former Professor and Dean of Student Services Susan McGuigan. A group of 30 faculty, staff and alumni judged other rounds.


Left to right: Dean Andrea Funk, Jordan Matthews, Susan McGuigan and Professor Patricia Leary

Overall Winner:
Jordan Matthews

Finalists:
Ally Fitzgerald
Jordan Matthews
Mariagnee Moreno
Brian Poladian
Iris Vasquez

Semi-Finalists:
Julia Brotman
Ally Fitzgerald
Monica Henain
Ariela Keller
Jordan Matthews
Tony Nepomuceno
Brian Poladian
Taylor Smith
Pasha Vafaei
Iris Vasquez
Thomas Wells

Runners-Up:
Jamie Belin
Nolan Chandler
Andrea Hernandez
Emineh Issaian
Liana Khachatryan
Thomas Knight
Shaian Mohammadi
Mariagnee Moreno
Theresa Nguyen
Ellen Reinig
Nicholas Ward

According to Professor Mauerman, “The students performed very well, and the entire Whittier Law community came out to assist with the competition. A special thanks to the many dedicated members of the Moot Court Honors Board who helped coach students and served as bailiffs for each round of the competition.”


Left to right: Brian Poladian, Ally Fitzgerald, Dean Andrea Funk, Jordan Matthews, Susan McGuigan, Iris Vasquez, Professor Leary and Mariagnee Moreno.

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