Law school team wins best brief in national competition

(February 9, 2010) A team from Seattle University School of Law won Best Brief honors in the National Moot Court Competition in New York City. Team members are Meredith Dishaw, Ursula Owen and Ryan Rautio. Jeffrey Dickey '09, was their coach.

Basil Sitaras, Stephen Broer, Meredith Dishaw, Ursula Owen and Ryan Rautio, Jeffrey Dickey

From left: Basil Sitaras, City Bar Young Lawyer Committee; Stephen Broer, City Bar Young Lawyer Committee Chair; team members Meredith Dishaw, Ursula Owen and Ryan Rautio, all '10, and Coach Jeffrey Dickey '09.

They came out on top of 28 teams from 14 regions across the country that competed at the New York City Bar Association. More than 500 students from 118 law schools competed in the preliminary rounds leading up to the finals.

This year's National Moot Court Competition presented two issues not yet decided by the United States Supreme Court:

  • Does the imposition of a life sentence without the possibility of parole on a juvenile offender convicted in a non-homicide crime violate the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the 8th Amendment to the United States Constitution?
  • What standard should the court apply when deciding a motion to change venue in which the defendant argues that she cannot receive a fair trial in the current form?

The final round was judged by a panel of distinguished members of the Bar and bench, with Hon. Susan P. Read, of the New York State Court of Appeals, presiding. The other members of the panel were Hon. Helen E. Freedman, Appellate Division, First Department; Hon. Nina Gershon, U.S. District Court, EDNY; Hon. Victor Marrero, U.S. District Court, SDNY; Hon. Sidney Stein, U.S. District Court, SDNY; Joan A. Lukey, President, American College of Trial Lawyers; and Patricia M. Hynes, President, New York City Bar Association.

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