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Empire law students perpetuate school’s record of success in California moot court competition

In an impressive display of written and oral skills, the student team from Empire College School of Law was awarded Third Place in Brief Writing at the annual Roger J. Traynor Appellate Moot Court competition held in Los Angeles. Twelve California law schools competed on April 12 and 13, 2014, including Golden Gate University, UC Hastings, McGeorge, UC Berkeley, USF, UCLA, and UC Davis.

The Empire Team – fourth-year law students Kristina Gardenal, Kenneth Mansfield, and Daryl Reese – demonstrated a remarkable balance of knowledge about the case, briefing and arguing against Hastings' team in the first round of the competition and against Loyola's in the second round.

Selected for 2014 by the California Academy of Appellate Attorneys, the case was based upon a real, unpublished case from the California Court of Appeal. The briefs were scored anonymously, and results were announced at the competition.

"I cannot say enough about the hard work of these students and their coach," stated William Robertson, Dean of Empire College School of Law. “The cornerstone of good lawyering is excellent writing skills, and I am proud of our teams' consistent recognition for brief writing over the years."

"I am especially proud of the fact that our team argued so well in the two rounds of appellate argument on Saturday," stated the team’s coach, Professor Constance Burtnett. While preparing their legal briefs and attending oral argument practices, the team members were also required to keep up with their law school studies and attend to their jobs and families. Dean Robertson added, "This team met weekdays and weekends to practice oral advocacy. They demonstrated all of the qualities of professionalism that we expect of elite practicing attorneys, and that is high praise indeed."

Congratulations to the 2014 Moot Court Team of Empire College School of Law.

Empire Law School's Moot Court in California Record of Success

Roger J. Traynor California Moot Court Competition

  • 2000 1st Place, Brief Writing and 1st Place, Excellence in Appellate Advocacy
  • 2002 Runner Up, Best Brief
  • 2003 2nd Place, Brief Writing
  • 2004 2nd Place, Brief Writing and Excellence in Appellate Advocacy
  • 2006 1st Place, Brief Writing, 2nd Place Excellence in Appellate Advocacy, Honorable Mention-Oral Arguments
  • 2007 1st Place, Brief Writing, 2nd Place Excellence in Appellate Advocacy, 3rd Place Oral Arguments
  • 2008 Best Oralist
  • 2009 3rd Place, Oral Arguments
  • 2010 2nd Place, Brief Writing
  • 2013 3rd Place, Brief Writing
  • 2014 3rd Place, Brief Writing

To learn more about moot court in Sonoma County, California, or the Empire College team, contact us today.

Our California law school students were awarded Second Place in Brief Writing.

Taking on teams from 18 other California law schools, Empire law students Karin Stoeckenius and Andrew Quinn (with their coach Professor Terry Robertson, left) were awarded Second Place in Brief Writing in 2010.