Whittier students rise to the top at National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition


Adam Jackson and Hanna Chandoo placed fourth in the national competition.

Whittier Law School’s Moot Court Team made it to the final four out of 44 teams competing in the prestigious John. J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition. Rising above teams from USC, Loyola Law School and Georgetown, the team of Adam Jackson (3L) and Hanna Chandoo (2L) moved up the ranks, beating two teams who had previously won second and third place brief awards. After six rounds in two days, they narrowly lost in the semifinals to the University of Miami School of Law, who won the competition.

National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition PlaqueThis stellar team was coached by Professor Patricia Leary, who is the recipient of this year’s Professor of the Year award, and student coach Brian Soash. Professor Leary spoke highly of the team’s performance, saying, “Their arguments were at a level of brilliance, and articulate at a level of elegance.” Hanna and Adam were very enthusiastic about the support they received at Whittier, saying, “We could not have done this without our supportive and brilliant coach Professor Leary and the love, encouragement, and intelligence of our fellow Moot Court members. We are honored to have been given the opportunity to represent Whittier. We tried our best to do justice and add to our school’s rising reputation!”

National Criminal Procedure Moot Court CompetitionThe competition was held March 21-22, 2014 at Seton Hall Law in Newark, New Jersey. It focuses on timely issues of criminal procedure and criminal law.

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