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April 8, 2011

Oregon Law Students partake in West Coast Regional Moot Court Competition

Team of Rubstello and Larwick receive 'Best Brief for Petitioner'

University of Oregon School of Law students Nicole Hermann, Derek Larwick, Stephanie Rubstello, and Zachary Smallwood participated in the West Coast regional section of the sixth annual Constance Baker Motley Moot Court Competition hosted by the UCLA School of Law last month.

Sponsored by the American Constitution Society (ACS), the Moot Court Competition is made up of two days of oral arguments with 22 teams participating and 23 briefs submitted. Hermann and Smallwood, both second-year students, represented Oregon Law on one team, while Rubstello, a second-year, and Larwick, a third-year, made up a second. The teams argued two separate issues as if in front of the Supreme Court. Each team argued three rounds on the first day of competition.

At the award reception, Rubstello and Larwick were both acknowledged with the “Best Brief for Petitioner” award as their team received the highest score out of every brief at the West Coast regional competition.

The Moot Court Competition honors Judge Constance Baker Motley who, while working at the NAACP LDF, was hired by Thurgood Marshall and for more than 20 years fought segregation in the South as well as won nine out of 10 cases in front of the Supreme Court. She was the first African American woman appointed to the federal judiciary in 1966, and the first woman and African American to serve as chief judge and senior judge in the federal judiciary. In 1993, Judge Motley was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

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