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GW Law School Wins Moot Court Competition

By Tracy Schorn

March 8, 2017

The George Washington University Law School moot court team of students Claudia Ojeda and Lisette Washington.

On March 3 The George Washington University Law School moot court team of students Claudia Ojeda and Lisette Washington bested Howard University School of Law in the final round of oral arguments to win the 2017 D.C. Cup Moot Court Competition. 

The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law hosted the competition, sponsored by the D.C. Bar Sections. Competitors from area law schools argued three rounds of cases on February 24 and March 3 before three volunteer judges—D.C. Court of Appeals Senior Judge John M. Steadman, D.C. Court of Appeals Judge Catharine F. Easterly, and D.C. Bar Board of Governors member and the Bar's immediate past-president Tim Webster. 

Judge Steadman advised the law students to "take every opportunity to advocate. Judges really want to have a dialogue with counsel. Every question is an opportunity, and really good advocates have to be on their toes. Questions [from the bench] reveal how judges are trying to resolve the problem."

Judge Easterly praised the finalists for answering questions with "poise and aplomb."

2017 Awards and Honors 

Competition Winners
George Washington University Law School
Team Members: Claudia Ojeda, Lisette Washington

Best Oralist
Hiba Ahmed, American University, Washington College of Law

Best Brief
George Washington University Law School, Claudia Ojeda and Lisette Washington