At the American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, Chapman’s team of Luigi Monteleone, Michael Delaney, Joel Griffith, and Jeremy Katz finished 6th overall out of 15 teams. For the second year in a row, Chapman’s Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition team made the “sweet 16″ at this a large and prestigious competition. The team was Alex Brewsaugh, Adam Luetto, and Jessica Blair. For the second year in a row, Chapman’s ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition team is going to national finals and for the first time ever, we got both teams into the semifinal round. The team of Katia Benthale, Rob Webster, and Matt Wechter will be traveling to Chicago next month for the nationals. Katia also earned an individual award as the Third Place Advocate. The team of Sarah Mitchell, Arlinda Witko, and Brandon Sylvia (brief writer) unfortunately lost in the semi-final round to a team from Texas Wesleyan that eventually earned a place at the national finals. This is one of the largest and most prestigious moot court competitions in the country, with 178 teams competing at the regional level, and only 24 teams earning places at the national finals.
What draws one to work as a lawyer and an advocate in the difficult area of child abuse, sexual abuse, and their legislation? Amanda Simmons’ (JD ’21) answer is direct and about as unequivocal as it gets: “If not me, then who?” She offers, “I waited twenty-five years for someone else to clean up this
This July, one hundred and sixteen Fowler School of Law graduates passed the California Bar Exam, posting a remarkable 81% successful pass rate for first-time bar-takers from the school. Placed in context, this achievement is nothing short of exceptional: Of the 7,500-plus bar-takers this July, 49% failed the exam; new graduates from Californian ABA-accredited schools saw