2013-14 Program Highlights
Greetings from the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy:
I am pleased to report that our students, faculty, and staff are making tremendous strides in the advocacy world this year. In particular, the students experienced record setting success in advocacy competitions nationally and internationally. Loyola’s Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy is widely respected among other law school advocacy faculty and administrators for its ethical training of law student attorneys, which is our center’s core mission. I have enjoyed meeting many of you and have learned much about the rich history and culture of advocacy at Loyola. Your input helps to guide us on our path toward continued success for our students.
Professor and Director, Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy
Student Competition Successes
William W. Daniel National Mock Trial Competition
This fall, Loyola’s Philip H. Corboy Fellows In Advocacy team members Matt Anderson, Jonathan Armstrong, Josh Cauhorn, and Best Advocate awardee Samantha Lemke, won the William W. Daniel National Mock Trial competition in Atlanta. The successful season builds upon the record of achievement in 2012-2013 where the Philip H. Corboy Fellows won the most championships in a single year ever by reigning as national champions in the William W. Daniel National Mock Trial Competition and the ABA National Criminal Justice Competition, securing the regional championship in the American Association for Justice Trial Competition, and placing as national finalist in the National Trial Competition.
Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition
For the third straight year, Loyola University Chicago School of Law teams were the Regional Champions and Regional Finalists at the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition held in Chicago. Shirley Chen and Kristen Kawaguchi won the region, as well as Best Brief, and went on to finish as National Finalists. Arianne Freeman and Duo Park placed second in the region, won Second Place Brief, and finished as National Semifinalists.
The Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship is held in Houston every January. This prestigious competition invites only the top 16 moot court programs from around the country to participate. This year’s problem covered Ripeness and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. Michael Meyer, Christina Cook, and Melissa Meyer represented Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. Michael won Best Oralist and the team finished in the top 9 overall.
Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team
The Moot Court team comprised of Johanne Verpil and Kandice Harris won the Midwest Regional Competition!! Johanne Verpil also won Best Oralist. The team will compete for the National Championship next month.
The Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team
The Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team comprised of Jennifer Thomas, Jasmine Morton, Andrea Williams, and Diona Rogers won the Midwest Regional Competition!! They will compete for the National Championship next month.
This is the start of another great year for our teams. Last year our teams secured a number of impressive awards. Read more…
Loyola is proud to support our student teams, which give over 100 law students the opportunity for intensive training and development. Read more…
Please join us in extending much deserved gratitude and congratulations to the many dedicated coaches, who are the heart of the center and instrumental in our students’ success. They work countless hours to build a foundation of excellence in advocacy for our students, and play a critical and multi-faceted role as educators, leaders, mentors, confidants and often times future employers. Our mock trial, moot court, mediation, arbitration, negotiation and client counseling coaches are accomplished and expert advocates in the courtrooms and boardrooms across Chicago and Illinois. The coaches share with the students a wide and diverse range of experiences and backgrounds, and many are loyal alumni that directly benefitted from the advocacy training they received from Loyola.