It's been an incredible start to the year for California Western Moot Court Honors Board (MCHB) competition teams, and as the season starts to heat up—the best may be yet to come. In recent weeks, the law school has advanced to the final round of three national tournaments—an unprecedented accomplishment that underscores the dedication of MCHB students and alumni.
California Western placed first in the regional round of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition, and will vie for the national title on March 30 in New Orleans. The winning team—Sarah Reeb, Madelynn Woodhall, Tarina Mand, and Monty Randhawa—is coached by Lindsey M. Willard '13, Katie A. Nagler '14, and Michael D. Brenn '15.
The Jessup International Appellate team advanced out of their Pacific Regional Competition in Portland, and will be going to Washington, D.C. for the National Championship. This all-rookie team—Kimberly Del Frate, Ciara Ryan, Jessica Gross, Megan Villamin, and Laura Goolsby—is coached by Professors Roberta Thyfault and William Aceves, as well as alumna Katherine A. Clark '10.
Additionally, 2Ls Anthony Vargas and Brent Griffith took first place in the Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Competition's regional round, besting more than a dozen teams from law schools throughout Southern California. Vargas and Griffith—along with coaches Clayton Carr '13 and Adrian Lobo '06 (both MCHB alumni)—will head to the tournament's final round in Dallas at the end of March for a shot at the title.
"This win proves that California Western is a force to be reckoned with on the national level," said Griffith. "I'm excited to go to the finals and take down some even bigger fish."
On her team's most recent victory, Lobo remarked, "I am proud to be coaching such promising talent for not only the national competition but also for the legal profession as a whole."
Vargas shares his teammate's hunger for more victories. "Winning the regional title was an honor; now I want a bigger trophy," he added.
California Western might just have to build a larger case to accommodate all of the newly-earned hardware. In October, one team completely swept the national San Diego Defense Lawyers competition. A month later, California Western repeated last year's win in the all-San Diego tournament that pits the city's three law schools against one another.
Congratulations to all of our competitors and coaches on these remarkable achievements. We wish you the best of luck in the finals!