Moot Court team wins Wechsler First Amendment Competition

University of Wisconsin Law School students Caitlin Madden, Monica Wedgewood and Kevin Van Ert took first place in the 20th Annual Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition held Oct. 18 and 19 in Washington, D.C.

“We are incredibly excited and honored to be able to bring back a first-place finish to the Law School, and grateful to the faculty and fellow students who helped us prepare,” says Madden, who also received the award for third-best oralist.

From left, Monica Wedgewood, Caitlin Madden, Justice Martin, Justice Boggs, Professor Clement, Kevin Van Ert
From left, Monica Wedgewood, Caitlin Madden, Judge Beverly Martin,

Judge Danny Boggs, Professor Paul Clement, Kevin Van Ert.

Moot court competition gives students experience delivering oral arguments before a simulated appellate court. In the final round of competition, a panel of judges selects the winners based on an oral argument given by two team members.

This year’s distinguished panel included former Solicitor General Paul Clement, Judge Danny Boggs of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Beverly Martin of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The team worked with its faculty advisor, Professor Anuj Desai, to prepare for the competition. Students also received help from Professors Ann Althouse and Tonya Brito.

For more information, visit UW Law School's Moot Court website.

Submitted by Law School News on October 25, 2013

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