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GW Team Claims Victory in 2016 Moot Court Competition

March 9, 2016

D.C. Cup Moot Court Competition, GW teamOn March 4 The George Washington (GW) University Law School students John Lockwood and Sophia Park bested a team from Georgetown University Law Center to win the 2016 D.C. Cup Moot Court Competition.

Teams from six area law schools competed for the D.C. Cup, which was created by the D.C. Bar District of Columbia Affairs Section. Students prepared and filed briefs and competed in oral arguments before volunteer judges through three rounds over two separate days.

D.C. Court of Appeals Senior Judge Inez Smith Reid; Loren AliKhan, deputy solicitor general for the Civil and Administrative Appeals Section of the D.C. Office of the Attorney General; and D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine served as judges for the final round of oral arguments. Following the competition, the volunteer judges offered their advice and constructive criticism to the two teams.

"I have always had an interest in appellate practice, and the D.C. Cup seemed like a perfect opportunity to put what I had learned to the test," Lockwood said. "Sophia and I knew that the other D.C. law schools would not make it easy, but we wanted to show the legal community the high level of advocacy produced at GW."

Lockwood also was awarded the Best Oral Argument, and both Lockwood and Park received the award for Best Brief.

Les Machado, a partner at LeClairRyan, authored the central issue around which the cases were based—whether an individual who had been terminated by her employer could sue another individual for causing her termination. Machado's problem was inspired by a case he previously worked on. "It was wonderful watching these incredibly talented folks bring the problem to life and flesh it out in a way that I never would have envisioned," Machado said.

In addition to Georgetown and GW, teams from American University Washington College of Law, The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, Howard University School of Law, and the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law participated in the competition.