This academic year has proven to be a successful one for Chapman Law’s competitions team. In addition to a string of recent successes, two of our teams traveled to Berkeley during spring break to compete in the regional ABA Representation in Mediation Competition and both teams faired extremely well. The team of Travis Casey (3L) and Chris Seide (3L) won both of their preliminary rounds and placed third, narrowly missing the final round. The team of Nicole Hughes (3L) and Clay O’Neal (2L) did make the final round and won, earning a spot in the national finals in Chicago in April. The Chapman teams outperformed teams from Berkeley, Hastings, Pepperdine, and Idaho, among others.
In addition to these successes, two more teams traveled to San Francisco for a regional of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Our team of Lindsay Johnson (3L), Brett Swenson (3L), and Chris Hossellman (3L) split the four judges’ ballots 2-2 in the final round with a team from Minnesota, and ultimately lost on points. But our team of Jon Cayton (2L), Stephanie Lincoln (2L), and Dallis Pflueger-Cavallaro (2L) won their final round against Hastings and will also be going to the Finals in Chicago. In addition, Lindsay was recognized as the Best Advocate in the region and Jon was recognized as the Second Place Advocate.