A California Western appellate trial team has won the Seventeenth Annual National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition held at Pepperdine University School of Law the weekend of November 15-16.
Third-year students Jennifer N. Monterroso and Joanne L. Heilbrun prevailed over St. Mary’s Law School of San Antonio in the final round, after defeating law school teams from Arizona State University, Villanova, Baylor, and Texas A&M.
"It was a privilege to represent California Western at the 2014 competition,” said Heilbrun. “Our win feels incredible, especially given the time commitment and hard work that was required.”
“The support that we received during the preparation stage was amazing,” said Monterroso. “We have a really supportive program and were fortunate enough to have several professors, entertainment law practitioners, and fellow students generously donate their time to helping us prepare.”
The trial team was coached by Adjunct Professor Kate Clark ’10, who says Monterroso and Heilbrun have worked very hard since September to succeed at this competition.
“They have done everything that was asked of them, incorporated feedback into their presentations, and continuously pushed to improve,” said Clark. “They were also very supportive of each other and a pleasure to work with.”
Both Monterroso and Heilbrun had high praise for Clark, calling her “wonderful, dynamic, and a pillar of support” while preparing them for the competition.
"This is a wonderful victory for our appellate program,” said Professor Mario Conte, faculty advisor to the law school’s Moot Court Honors Board. “Joanne and Jennifer were faced with a difficult entertainment law issue which is highly specialized. Their hard work along with the excellent coaching of Kate Clark really paid off. I am so proud of Kate, Jennifer, and Joanne."
In addition to serving on the appellate team, both Heilbrun and Monterroso are highly involved in student government. Heilbrun is the Student Bar Association president and Monterroso is one of their Chairs of the SBA Community Outreach Committee.