Teams Advance in Traynor Moot Court Competition

A total of 36 students on 18 teams participated in the first two rounds of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Traynor Moot Court Competition. Each team submitted an appellate brief and on Saturday, Febrary 28, all 36 students presented two oral arguments before panels of volunteer judges. As competition organizer Troy Booher noted, “The work the students put into their arguments was obvious.  The judges were very complimentary of their performances.  Everyone deserves congratulations for the work they put into the competition and for their performances in the first round.”

Ten of the 18 teams advanced from the first weekend to participate in the second round held on March 7.  Those teams were as follows:

Stanford Bell and Andrew Fox

Kyler O’Brien and Alexandra Mareschal

Jeremy Brodis and Chase Dowden

Dillon Olson and Guy Walker

Tejay Coon and Tyson Adams

Sara Parker and Zach Williams

Jasmine Fierro and Ilsy Melendez

Maria Cruz and Kayla Quam

Elizabeth Rudolf and Elizabeth Park

Jon Williams and Chris Mack

These teams presented two more oral arguments panels of volunteer judges. According to Booher, the judges were again very complimentary of the students.  The two teams to advance to the final round are as follows:

Maria Cruz and Kayla Quam

Jon Williams and Chris Mack

On April 8, these two teams will argue before a distinguished panel of three judges that will include the 2015 Jurist in Residence, Judge Michael Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

During the final round awards will be presented for extraordinary performances during the first two rounds.  The best oralists in the two preliminary rounds were Dillon Olsen, Alexandra Mareschal, Trent Lowe, Kyler O’Brien, and Kayla Quam.  The best oralists in the two rounds held over on March 7 were Jon Williams, Kayla Quam, Jeremy Brodis, and Tejay Coon.

This year, the top three briefs were separated by only 0.50 points, and the top seven briefs were within five points of one another. The best brief in the competition was authored by Jon Williams and Chris Mack.

Organizers Troy Booher and Christopher Stout thanked all who made the competition possible, including Karen Fuller and Suzanne Faddis who organized and handled all the logistics.  The National Team, consisting of Jessica Horton, Matthew Church, Christine Hashimoto, Claymore Hardman, Shaun Mather, and Christopher Bond, which helped during the competitions and coached the teams as they prepared their oral arguments.  and number of first year students who served as Bailiffs each Saturday.