For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

6/20/2006

UW Law Students Win National Moot Court Championship

Third-year law students Suzanne Liabraaten and Andrea Schmitt won the inaugural Constance Baker Motley National Moot Court Competition in Constitutional Law last week.  In addition, Schmitt was awarded Best Oral Advocate at the competition, held June 15, 2006 at the annual convention of the American Constitution Society (ACS) in Washington, DC.

Participants argued before the Hon. Dolores K. Sloviter and the Hon. Theodore McKee, both of the Third Circuit, and the Hon. Catherine C. Blake of the U.S. District Court for Maryland. Liabraaten and Schmitt received $3,000 from ACS in recognition of their achievement.

The national competition is named for the late Judge Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005). Motley, a prominent advocate with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, was the first African-American woman to serve as Chief Judge in the federal judiciary.