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Law School Moot Court Team Places 2nd in Nation, Undergraduate Debaters Advance to Sweet 16

Posted on March 29, 2011 in: Academics, Events, Faculty & Staff, Feature Stories, Students

Gonzaga's top undergraduate debate team of Leah Moczulski and Paul Kannelopolous advanced to the Sweet 16 in the national tournament Monday before losing to a Harvard University team. The Gonzaga School of Law moot court team captured second-place in the nation Saturday in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition.

Gonzaga's top undergraduate debate team (above) of Leah Moczulski and Paul Kanellopoulos advanced to the Sweet 16 in the National Debate Tournament before losing to a Harvard University team. Gonzaga Law School's moot court team captured second-place in the nation in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition. Photo courtesy Glen Frappier.

SPOKANE, Wash. – A Gonzaga University School of Law moot court team captured second-place overall Saturday in the National Finals of the 20th Annual Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition. Also, Gonzaga’s top undergraduate debate duo advanced Monday to the Sweet 16 of the National Debate Tournament before losing (5-2) to a Harvard University team.

Gonzaga’s moot court team also captured second place in the nation for best brief. The Gonzaga team won a total of $2,000 representing the West region as one of four teams in the Lefkowitz finals held at the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. A University of Louisville Brandeis Law School team, representing the South, won the overall competition. Gonzaga’s Lefkowitz team is comprised of third-year law students Tatiana David, Reid Johnson and Christopher Barrus, and second-year student John Nelson. This marked Gonzaga Law School’s 15th year in the competition, and the first time it advanced to the national finals. Christopher Lynch, assistant professor of law at Gonzaga, celebrated his 10th year coaching the Lefkowitz team this year.

Gonzaga undergraduate debaters Leah Moczulski and Paul Kanellopoulos, juniors from Houston, will return to Spokane today from the national championships held at the University of Texas at Dallas. A team from Northwestern University won the national debate title. Gonzaga’s team, coached by Glen Frappier, earned one of 16 top seeds in the national championship tournament.

Gonzaga’s moot court team captured the West regional of the Lefkowitz Competition last month in San Francisco. The two other schools in the national finals were the Franklin Pierce Law Center at the University of New Hampshire, which represented the East, and the University of Wisconsin Law School, which represented the Midwest.

The moot court competition, sponsored by the International Trademark Association, involves a problem that poses multiple legal questions of trademark and unfair competition.

For more information about the Gonzaga School of Law moot court team, please contact Christopher Lynch at (509) 951-3289 or via e-mail. For more information about Gonzaga’s undergraduate debaters, please contact Glenn Frappier at (509) 313-6663 or via e-mail.

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