Students win Best Brief at international competition

Two Seattle University School of Law students were awarded Best Brief at the Thomas Tang International Moot Court Competition. Natalya Kasyanyuk and Gregory Morphew, both 2Ls, came out on top of 60 teams and won a $1,000 award.

"We are thrilled about this result because it lends further support to the fact that our legal writing program is one of the best in the nation," Kasyanyuk said.

They originally submitted written briefs to the Seattle University School of Law Moot Court Board, which selected four. Those teams moved on to the regional competition at the law school, where they made arguments based on their briefs. They took second place, qualifying for the national competition, which also was held in Seattle and included several international schools.

Both students are enrolled in the part-time program, so their studies and Moot Court activities are on top of full-time jobs.

"This competition proves that with the immense support provided by our school, evening students can and will continue to excel, stay involved and further enrich our law school community," Kasyanyuk said.

Both Kasyanyuk and Morphew are grateful for the amount of support given to them by the law school. They say support from faculty, students and alumni who helped coach, prepare and encourage them, contributed to their success.

The Tang competition is just one of nine that takes place in Sullivan Hall throughout the year.

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