Winners of James E. Bond Moot Court Competition and Reutlinger Legal Writing Scholarship
The final round of the 2008 James E. Bond Moot Court Competition was held Tuesday, September 16. The winner was Caroline Bundy; Megan Hale was the runner-up. They will both go on to represent the law school in the 2008-2009 American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) along with Lauren Davidson, John Doty, Nicholas Thomas, and Carly Summers.
In a close decision, the judges praised both finalists for an outstanding job, noting their control of the facts and substantive issues as well as their courtroom presence and ability to respond effectively to questions from the bench.
During the final round deliberations, Professor Chris Rideout, associate director of the Legal Writing Program, presented third year student Jeannie Duncan and 2008 graduate Rosie Read the 2008 Mark Reutlinger Scholarship for Excellence in Legal Writing. Duncan, nominated by Professor John McKay, received the first place award and Read, nominated by Professor Susan McClellan, received second place.
In addition to clinching a spot on the law school's national moot court team, Bundy and Hale also received scholarships from the Fred H. and Mary S. Dore Charitable Foundation. The scholarships were created in late 2007 after the death of Mary Dore, in memory of her and her husband, the late Justice Fred Dore of the Washington State Supreme Court. In February, Greta Smith ('09), also received a scholarship from the Foundation as winner of the Fredric C. Tausend competition.
The Bond competition is the first moot court event of the academic year, bringing together students, faculty, and members of the local legal community. The panel of judges for the semi-final round included Ken Masters, of Wiggins & Masters PLLC; Visiting Professor W.H. "Joe" Knight, former dean of the University of Washington School of Law; and Robert G. Nylander, of Cutler Nylander & Hayton PS.
The final round was judged by The Honorable Ronald B. Leighton, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington; Commissioner James Verellen of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I; and Professor James E. Bond, faculty emeritus and former dean of the law school, for whom the competition is named.
The competition is open to students who took Legal Writing II in the preceding spring semester and received a grade of B+ or better on their final appellate brief.
Seattle University School of Law teams have reached the NAAC regional finals every year since they started competing in 2004.