UM Team Wins National Moot Court Regional Competition

Posted November 15, 2010

UM School of Law

Description: 2010 Moot Court Team

Advancing to the national competition: Jenny Jourdonnais, Rob Olsen, and Scott Peterson

The University of Montana School of Law continued its winning tradition this past week, taking first place in the regional round of the National Moot Court competition, which was held in Missoula on November 11-12, 2010.  The winning UM team of Jenny Jourdonnais, Rob Olsen, and Scott Peterson will now travel to New York in January to compete in the national finals.  Montana teams have advanced to the national final rounds of the competition a remarkable eleven of the past thirteen years.

UMs winning team bested a team from Gonzaga in the final regional round and finished the competition undefeated.  The team also took home the award for best brief and third-year student Rob Olsen won the best oralist award, giving the team a clean sweep of the regional competition's top honors.  UM teams have won the best brief award for the region in six of the past thirteen years and the award for the second-place brief seven times during that same period.

The UM team of Meri Althauser, Megan McCrae and Karla Painter also was undefeated through the regional quarterfinals, before losing a close semifinal round to the second-place Gonzaga team.  That UM team took home the award for second-best brief in the regional competition, adding to the UM School of Laws outstanding performance.

The regional round includes law schools from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana and serves as the qualifying round for the national finals in New York City.  Each year, the National Moot Court competition includes more than 180 accredited law schools and over 1,000 individual participants.  Only 28 teams in the country, representing the top two teams from fourteen regions, advance to the final rounds.  The University of Montana School of Law has won the national championship twice, most recently in 2000, when its team went 13-0 and had the second-best brief in the nation.

The Moot Court Teams are coached by Professors Larry Howell and Andrew King-Ries. The National Moot Court competition is sponsored by the City Bar of New York and the American College of Trial Lawyers, an organization comprised of a very select group of experienced trial advocates who represent plaintiffs or defendants in civil proceedings, as well as prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers. 

Description: 2010 Moot Court Team

Front: Scott Peterson, Jenny Jourdonnais, Rob Olsen
Back: Professor Larry Howell, Meri Althauser, Karla Painter, Megan McCrae, Professor Andrew King-Ries

Photographed in the new Moot Courtroom of the law building, where the UM team won the regional championship. Funding for the Moot Courtroom was generously provided by Douglas P. Beighle.