For Immediate Release

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Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

February 2, 2007

UW School of Law Students Claim Victory at National Moot Court Competition

Congratulations to Dustin Buehler, Candice Tewel, and Aaron Thomson.SEATTLE - University of Washington School of Law students won the Association of the Bar of the City of New York National Moot Court Competition yesterday.

Dustin Buehler (3L), Candice Tewell (2L), and Aaron Thomson (3L) (pictured here, from left to right), defeated Texas Wesleyan School of Law in the championship round.  The team argued before a panel of seven distinguished judges that included Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Crotty, New York City Bar Association President Barry Kamins, and American College of Trial Lawyers President David Beck. Immediately after the final round, the UW team received an official invitation from the American College of Trial Lawyers to address the college at its annual national meeting in Denver this March.

In addition to the team’s national championship, Buehler was the second-place oral advocate in the competition. The team was coached by UW School of Law alumni Shawn Griggs ('00) and Patrick Hinds ('03).

Since 1950, the New York City Bar and the American College of Trial Lawyers have sponsored the National Moot Court Competition. Every year, over 150 law schools compete in the regional rounds throughout the United States, and the winners advance to the final rounds held at the New York City Bar. This nationally-recognized competition allows law students to hone their appellate advocacy skills by arguing before prominent members of the legal profession.