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National Competitions Past

The Southern Illinois University School of Law has an active and respected program for students interested in moot court competitions. Moot Court Board members frequently receive recognition for their oral advocacy and brief-writing skills.

Moot Court Board Activities - 2016


February 07, 2016


From left: Michael Branson, Laura Alvarado, Krissi Geary-Boehm (coach), and Brad Young.

SIU Law's 3L team placed third in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Midwest regional competition in Chicago, IL, on February 6, 2016.

It was the first time SIU has participated in the competition.

3L team members included Michael Branson, Brad Young, and Laura Alvarado.

Eighteen teams from 13 schools competed: William & Mitchell, University of Wisconsin, University of Toledo, University of Illinois, John Marshall, Southern Illinois University (2 teams), Northwestern (2 teams), Michigan State University (2 teams), Marquette, Loyola (2 teams), Indiana University (both law schools), and Chicago Kent (2 teams). 

SIU's 2L team of Kyle McAllister-Grum, Hillary Hines, and Clint Rudd argued against Indiana and Northwestern, while the 3L team argued against John Marshall and Chicago Kent. The Chicago Kent team the 3Ls faced won First Place Team and Best Brief.

The team was coached by SIU Law alumna Krissi Geary-Boehm.

Moot Court Board Activities - 2013

Domenick L. Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court Competition
  • The 2L team of Maggie Molloy, Alanna Sosenko, and Brittany Meeker were awarded Best Brief.
  • The 3L team of Danny Fornoff, Annie Mergen, and Jim Shovlin were awarded Third Place Brief, and Danny was named the Best Oralist.
Cultural Heritage Moot Court Competition
  • 3L Ben Ford was named the competition’s Best Oralist.
ABA NAAC Regional in St. Louis
  • 3L Brandon Powell was recognized as a top-5 oralist, among 80+ competitors. 

2012 National Asylum and Refugee Law Competition

The SIU Law Asylum and Refugee Law Moot Court Team had an excellent showing in their national competition in Sacramento, CA, in February, 2012.  For the third year in a row, SIU won the best brief award The award was presented to the 2L team of Brent Colbert, Mitchell Martin and Craig Miller.   

Both the 2L team and the 3L team of Jesse Hodierne, Stavri Vako and Rebecca Warren won both their preliminary rounds.  However, only the 2L team advanced to the semifinal rounds. The 2L team then won their semifinal round, advancing to the quarterfinals where they lost to the team that won the entire competition.  All of the students represented SIU extremely well and are to be commended for their hard work. 

moot court students

The 2L & 3L team group photo (from left) Mitchell Martin,
Brent Colbert, Craig Miller, Stavri Vako, Jesse Hodierne,
and Rebecca Warren.


Our 2L team won the best brief award again this year.
Pictured (from left) Brent Colbert, Mitchell Martin and 
Craig Miller.

SIU has won awards in this competition every year since we started competing in 2009.

2011 National Asylum and Refugee Law Competiton

moot court team

The 2L & 3L team group photo (from left) Rebecca Warren,
David Aubrey, Stavri Vako, Jesse Hodierne, Kelly Murray
and Doug Bitner

moot court team winner

Our 2L team won the  best brief award again this year.
Pictured (from left) Stavri Vako, Rebecca Warren and 
Jesse Hodierne.

National Health Law Moot Court Competition

Since 1992, the Southern Illinois University School of Law, the School of Medicine, Department of Medical Humanities and the American College of Legal Medicine have co-sponsored the National Health Law Moot Court Competition. The Competition has grown steadily since its inception attracting teams representing law schools from throughout the country. Members of the Moot Court Board assist with the hosting of the Competition. For more information, go to the Competition's Website