Notre Dame Law School Wins Moot Court Competition

Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition

Moot Court winners Hope Tone, Shannon Lewry and Kayla Clark from Notre Dame School of Law

Third-year law students Hope Tone, Shannon Lewry and Kayla Clark from Notre Dame School of Law won the 2017 Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, held March 24 – 25 in Washington, D.C.

Hosted by the Newseum Institute and the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University, the competition welcomed 27 teams from law schools around the country. The competition problem involved public schools’ ability to regulate students’ off-campus speech.

Second place in the competition went to Kelly Kearney and Michael Johnson of the Loyola Chicago School of Law. Kearney and Johnson also won “Best Brief.” The runners-up for “Best Brief” were Sarah Akhtar, Speare Hodges, and Sarah Barr of the Georgetown University Law Center.

The award for “Best Oralist” went to Jared Padway of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Patrick Hill from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University was runner-up.

The final-round judges included John H. Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America; Rodney W. Sippel, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; Judge Jane Stranch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit; and Susan Webber Wright, Senior U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of Arkansas.

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center has sponsored a national First Amendment moot court competition for 27 years. Through 2015, the Moot Court was conducted in partnership with the Vanderbilt University Law School, in Nashville. The competition was named for John Seigenthaler, the founder of the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center.

The Columbus School of Law has hosted the Sutherland Cup competition since its inception in 1950. The competition was named for Supreme Court Justice George B. Sutherland, an ardent defender of the U.S. Constitution who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1922 to 1938. The Sutherland Cup is the oldest continuous private moot court competition in the nation.

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Here is a complete list of the 2017 competition winners, runners-up and judges:

overall COMPETITION

Winner
Notre Dame School of Law, South Bend, Indiana

Runner-up
Loyola Chicago School of Law, Chicago

BEST BRIEF COMPETITION

Winner
Loyola Chicago School of Law, Chicago

Runner-up
Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

BEST ORALIST COMPETITION

Winner
University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin

Runner-up
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York City

Quarter-FINAL ROUND JUDGES

  • Murray Garnick, Deputy General Counsel, Altria Client Services
  • David Hudson, First Amendment Ombudsman, The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center
  • The Hon. Ron Jarashow, United States Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County
  • Jack Kirschenbaum, Senior Partner, Gray Robinson, PA
  • Jan Neuharth, Chair and CEO of the Freedom Forum
  • The Hon. Thurman H. Rhodes, United States District Court of Maryland, District Five, Prince George’s County

Semi-final Round Judges

  • Daniel Attridge, Dean at the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America
  • The Hon. Marian F. Harrison, United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • The Hon. Joseph Leeson, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Final Round Judges

  • John H. Garvey, President of The Catholic University of America
  • The Hon. Rodney W. Sippel, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • The Hon. Jane Stranch, United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • The Hon. Susan Webber Wright, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

2 thoughts on “Notre Dame Law School Wins Moot Court Competition

  1. Hello. Thanks so much for the honor and being able to participate. I just wanted to make note of a minor correction regarding my name. It is Patrick Hill, rather than Hale. Thanks again for the honor!

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