Students Vie for Moot Court Honors Board in Sonnenberg Competition

The group of Whittier Law School students who participated in the 20th Annual Gail P. Sonnenberg Moot Court Competition

Whittier Law School recently held the Gail P. Sonnenberg Annual Moot Court Competition, where students submit appellate briefs and engage in oral argument before a panel of judges for an opportunity to join Moot Court Honors Board. Members of the legal community act as panel judges.

There were 14 competitors left on the final day of the competition, which included the oral argument rounds. Justin Blaylock received awards for the best final round advocate, best preliminary round oral advocate, and best overall preliminary round competitor. Krisna Kay and Curtis Morrison tied for the award for best appellate brief.

Justin Blaylock and Catherine Hegdale, Moot Court Honors Board, Internal Justice. Blaylock won best final round advocate, best preliminary round oral advocate, and best overall preliminary round competitor.
Justin Blaylock and Catherine Hegdale, Moot Court Honors Board, Internal Justice. Blaylock won best final round advocate, best preliminary round oral advocate, and best overall preliminary round competitor.

The advocates who advanced to the final round were: Justin Blaylock, Nolan Chandler, Krisna Kay, and Wesley Stanfield. In addition to those finalists, these competitors’ scores qualified them for moot court membership: Danielle Boyd, Julieta Echeverria, Richard Leu, Curtis Morrison, and Lilit Shamiryan.

Curtis Morrison, Krisna Kay, and Catherine Hegdale, Moot Court Honors Board, Internal Justice. Morrison and Kay shared the award for best appellate brief.
Curtis Morrison, Krisna Kay, and Catherine Hegdale, Moot Court Honors Board, Internal Justice. Morrison and Kay shared the award for best appellate brief.

We would like to thank the many members of the legal community, including some of our alumni, who acted as panel judges for the event. These included: Lane Bogard, Amanda Breyer, Jennifer Carr, Frank Chatzipantsios, Melissa Chichportich, Karen Christensen , Laura Delisle, Seth Fortin, Daniel Gavilanes, Faythe Hughes, Jason Hunter, Michael Jones, Brigitte Khoury, Claire Krystkiewicz, Christine Luu , Gabriel Mendoza, Mani Navab , Mykhal Ofili, Randolph Reliford , Rachel Van, and Gerrick Warrington.

Whittier Law School students compete at the 20th Annual Gail P. Sonnenberg Moot Courth Competition. At left are judges, Professor Radha Pathak, Professor Patricia Leary, and James Gilliam, Deputy Executive Director of the ACLU and a current adjunct professor at Whittier Law School.
Whittier Law School students compete at the 20th Annual Gail P. Sonnenberg Moot Courth Competition. At left are judges, Professor Radha Pathak, Professor Patricia Leary, and James Gilliam, Deputy Executive Director of the ACLU and a current adjunct professor at Whittier Law School.

The final round judges included James Gilliam, Deputy Executive Director ACLU and current adjunct professor at Whittier Law School; Professor Patricia Leary, and Professor Radha Pathak.

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