Moot Court Team Reaches Quarter Finals, Wins Best Brief

Lane Bogard, Mykhal Ofili, and Abbi Loving
Lane Bogard, Mykhal Ofili, and Abbi Loving

The Bryant-Moore Moot Court Competition is one of the premier civil rights competitions in the nation, where law students from across the country gather to debate current civil rights issues.

This year, the Whittier Law School Moot Court Team made it to the quarter-finals, and our team won the Best Brief Award at the competition held at Howard University in Washington, DC. The brief’s First Place ranking outperformed such schools as Georgetown University and the overall winner of the competition, American University.

The team included students Lane Bogard and Mykhal Ofili, and shadow member Abbi Loving. Lane and Mykhal performed extremely well during the preliminary and quarter-final rounds of oral arguments, and they missed advancing to the semi-final round by less than one point. According to the coach, Professor Kelley Mauerman, “The team’s performance is a reflection of their many hours of practice, including twenty-eight practice sessions during the past five weeks. Their dedication and professionalism are admirable, and they represented Whittier extremely well.”

Mykhal Ofili and Lane Bogard
Mykhal Ofili and Lane Bogard

This national competition focused on a complex issue of constitutional law regarding whether a child’s out-of-court statements to a teacher in response to the teacher’s concerns about potential child abuse qualify as “testimonial” statements subject to the Confrontation Clause, an issue that will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court this term.

Associate Dean Martin Pritikin, Professor Leary, and Professor Kelton, and members of the Moot Court Honors Board assisted at the team’s practice sessions, helping to train and prepare our students for an impressive performance at the competition.

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