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Release: Nov. 20, 2002

UI law school hosts Midwest Regional Moot Court competition

Teams from 11 of the top law schools in the Midwest competed in the regional round of the National Moot Court Competition hosted by the University of Iowa College of Law last weekend.

Drake University won the competition, followed by the University of Minnesota. UI law students Brian VanderPol and James Hemmings won the award for Best Petitioner’s Brief.

Judges and lawyers from across Iowa judged the competition, which included three preliminary rounds and a three-round tournament. A justice and retired justice of the Iowa Supreme Court and a judge from the Iowa Court of Appeals judged the final round.

Moot court is a traditional law school competition in which students present a simulated Supreme Court case using written briefs followed by oral arguments, all of which are judged by attorneys who participated in the exercises or who specialize in appellate work. The National Moot Court Competition, the most prestigious of the moot court competition, is sponsored by the New York Bar Association.