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California Western Teams Excel in Competitions

2L Matthew W. Hobson and 3L Joanne L. Heilbrun with their six awards

California Western students have once again performed brilliantly at recent competitions, continuing the tradition of excellence among the law school's competition teams.

The appellate moot court team of 3L Joanne L. Heilbrun and 2L Matthew W. Hobson excelled at the 2015 National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition held at Whittier Law School the weekend of February 6-8. The team returned to Whittier to defend their title as the winners of the same competition in 2014.

After the first two preliminary rounds on Friday, Heilbrun and Hobson each received individual top oralist awards. They also won second-best brief and advanced to the quarter-final rounds.

On Saturday, they succeeded in the quarter- and semi-final rounds, advancing to the finals. Heilbrun earned the top oralist award for the entire competition and Hobson won second-top oralist out of all 28 competitors.

In the final round, Heilbrun and Hobson won second place in the competition—in an extremely close call according to the closing remarks of the judges. In all, they brought home six awards.

"I was blessed to work with an incredibly talented and hardworking partner and friend, Matt Hobson, who made me laugh endlessly and inspired me with his unwavering dedication," said Heilbrun, who is president of California Western's Student Bar Association. "Together, we had the support of a phenomenal coaching staff comprised of attorneys Lynda Romero, Sara Gros-Cloren, and Susan Sindelar '14, who graduated with a J.D. and an MSW. "Their advice, support, kindness, and dedication were crucial to our success."

In the Texas Young Lawyers Association competition the same weekend, California Western's trial teams also performed well. 2Ls Sarah E. Reeb and Madelynn F. Woodhall advanced to the semi-final round, and the team of 3Ls Jordan B. Du Bois and Micaela de la Cerda went to the finals before finishing behind USC. On the way, they defeated four law schools—including Chapman and Loyola.

"There really is no doubt that we are a nationally recognized program in both the trial and appellate areas," said Practitioner in Residence Mario G. Conte, faculty advisor to the Moot Court Honors Board.

"We are very fortunate to have students willing to do the work, and coaches willing to help them succeed at the highest levels," said Niels B. Schaumann, president and dean of California Western in congratulating the teams. "This is another way in which California Western achieves extraordinary outcomes with students."

California Western congratulates all of the competitors.