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California Western Moot Court Teams Pick up Where they Left Off

Daniela Medina, Ryan Allein, Anthony Esquibel, Anthony Vargas

Some say that spring is a time of renewal—but for California Western School of Law moot court teams, there’s nothing new about dominating the spring competition season.

This past weekend, the appellate team comprising 3Ls Ryan Allein and Daniela Medina finished runner-up in the National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition at Whittier Law. The tournament is America’s oldest annual national moot court competition that exclusively focuses on juvenile law issues, and attracts competitors from across the nation. The CWSL duo won the Best Brief award, while Allein was awarded best oralist in two of the rounds, and Medina was named the competition’s seventh best oralist in one round—amassing a total of five awards for California Western. Coached by Sara Cross-Cloren and Joanne L. Heilbrun JD’15, this hardware-laden victory certainly served to kick off a successful spring.

Over the same weekend, 3Ls Anthony Vargas and Anthony Esquibel won the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) Regional Trial Championship in Santa Monica, California—the law school’s third straight appearance in the regional championship and second straight victory—resulting in CWSL’s advancement to the N.T.C. National Competition in Fort Worth, Texas for the second year in a row. Vargas, a veteran competitor who went to nationals last year and finished second in the country as runner-up to Harvard Law, is teamed with Anthony Esquibel, a participant on the Association of Business Trial Lawyers team that went to the finals in that competition last semester. Both TYLA coaches (Clayton Carr JD’13 and Corey C. Garrard JD’14) are alums of California Western and the distinguished advocate program.

"The incredible success of these teams is a byproduct of the training they receive, the hard work of all of the competitors, the willingness to help prepare fellow teams for respective competitions, and the wonderful coaches, most of whom are graduates of the program and continue to contribute to it," says Mario G. Conte, faculty advisor to the program. “We look forward to building upon our stellar record in these prestigious national tournaments."