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Moot Court Teams Head to National Tournament

Dec. 12, 2014; Update: Jan. 21, 2015

Update: Elisabeth Carter was named fourth best orator in the nation at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association's national tournament. Her partner, E.J. Lingenfelter, is in the top 15.

Two of the three teams made it into the elimination rounds. In the brief writing portion of the competition, Titans Jamie Butts and Briana Flores won third overall on the respondent side, while Matheus Kanu and Daniel Kanu won 10th place. On the petitioner side, Carter and Lingenfelter won third overall, Linda Hoang and Jacklyn Vasquez won fifth place and Kristin Kane and Dakota Durrego-Mealy earned the ninth spot.

Three Cal State Fullerton teams earned bids to the American Collegiate Moot Court Association's Jan. 16-17 national tournament.

The teams moving on to the national competition at Florida International University College of Law in Miami are:  

  • political science and psychology major Elisabeth Carter and political science major and U.S. Air Force veteran E.J. Lingenfelter,
  • political science major Amanda Carreno and communications major Gregory Brown and
  • criminal justice major Kristin Kane and American studies major Brianna Flores.

The regional tournament in November saw Cal State Fullerton with seven Moot Court teams, plus an additional team member who joined CSU Fresno for a hybrid team. All but one team from the University moved on to the elimination rounds; five teams made it through the octafinals, and two advanced to quarterfinals.

Moot court, otherwise known as mock Supreme Court, is a simulation of an appellate court proceeding, where participants argue the same hypothetical case. Coach Pamela Fiber-Ostrow, associate professor of political science, explained that students meet during bi-weekly class sessions and work through critical analyses of cases and laws. On weekends, they hold practice rounds with guest judges — Cal State Fullerton alumni and faculty, as well as lawyers and judges from the Superior Court. This year, two retired attorneys from the University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute participated.

"The students that competed in the American Collegiate Moot Court regional tournament demonstrate the epitome of work ethic, dedication and commitment. Although most of them were unfamiliar with each other at the beginning of the semester, by the time of the tournament they had built a team – a family of students that together worked toward a common goal," said Fiber-Ostrow.

"Although all teams did not earn bids to the national tournament, the ones that did, did so with the help of the entire team. I am proud of all their efforts, amazing progress and ability to learn."

Winning awards as top orators were Jackie Vasquez (5th place), Kristin Kane (7th), Dakota Durrego-Mealy (9th), Amanda Carreno (13th), Brianna Flores (15th), Jamie Butts (16th) and Elisabeth Carter (18th).

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