CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: April 2, 2001
UI Law students earn top honors at moot court competitions
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ten of 82 second-year law students who took part recently
in the annual Baskerville and Van Oosterhout Moot Court competitions at the
University of Iowa College of Law will represent the college at the National
and Chicago Moot Court competitions for the 2001-02 academic year.
National team members Neil Bubke, Jodie Frederickson, Tim Furrow, Molly
O'Brien Loussaert, Brian McCool and Tiffany Roepsch earned national team honors
as the top finishers in the Van Oosterhout Moot Court Competition held March
1. The team will face students from a 14-school region next fall, with the
opportunity to advance to the national finals in New York.
Gina Cesaretti, Charles Simmons, Geoff Larson and Teresa Cauwels were named
to the Chicago Moot Court team after they placed highest in the Baskerville
Competition, this year renamed from Appellate Advocacy II.
The winners of both competitions were chosen based on their written and
oral advocacy skills as determined by a panel of judges.
Frederickson and McCool, as the top two advocates in Van Oosterhout, will
present oral arguments against Larson and Simmons -- two of the finalists
of the Baskerville competition -- at Iowa Supreme Court Day. The advocates
will compete in the fall before sitting and senior justices of the Iowa Supreme
Students Laureen Anderson, Yamuna Bhaskaran, Darwin Clupper, Geoff Larson
and Kimberly Wadas were selected to the 2001-02 Jessup International Moot
At the culmination of the Van Oosterhout rounds, Melinda Myers received
the Van Oosterhout Best Brief award; Tim Cramm earned the Best Oralist award;
and Brian McCool took the Best Advocate award.
Kirk Bainbridge, Scott Finlayson, Anne McClintock and Raymond Tinnian advanced
to the Baskerville semi-final round. Teresa Cauwels, Gina Cesaretti, Geoff
Larson and Charles Simmons advanced as finalists in the Baskerville Competition;
Doug Frederick and Kary Klismet tied for Baskerville Best Brief; Teresa Cauwels
won the Best Advocate award; and Anne McClintock earned the Best Oralist award.