7:15: Brittany Hampton v. Matt Doran
Congratulations to Jared Sawyer (3L) and Jennifer Siewertsen (2L) on advancing to the semi-Finals in the 2011 Herbert Wechsler Criminal Law Competition in Buffalo, NY this past weekend! Jared and Jennifer, coached by local attorneys Dave Harshaw and Ted Shouse, '99, were one of only 8 teams out of the 26 competing to advance to the quarter-finals. The team defeated Valparaiso University School of Law to move onto the Final Four but lost to the eventual Champion. The team was praised for their professionalism, organization and speaking style. Congratulations Jared and Jennifer!
The Central team was made up four outstanding seniors, all of whom made it to the tournament’s semi-final round. Besides Joshua and Mashayla, the other two semi-finalists representing Central were Hau Duc Le and Chania Coleman. The team was coached by Professor Sam Marcosson of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and two law school students, Cennet Kocakulah Braun and Lena Nash Seward. They work with the students as one component of the School of Law’s partnership with Central’s Law and Government Magnet, and as part of the broader national Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. The Moot Court Competition brings together students from various Marshall-Brennan programs sponsored by law schools around the country, giving high school students the opportunity to put into practice the lessons about the constitutional rights they have learned throughout the year, and argue an actual case involving students’ rights under the First Amendment.
"Joshua and Mashayla were tremendous. The judges couldn’t have been more impressed with their knowledge of the cases and the law, or with their poise in answering questions," Professor Marcosson said about their final round performance. "The coaches from other schools were just as complimentary."
The team was supported by the tireless commitment of the teacher of the Law and Government Magnet program at Central, Joe Gutmann, and Professor Laura Rothstein, who co-ordinates the law school’s partnership with the Magnet, and by Central’s principal, Dr. Dan Withers. In addition, they got vital help from a number of volunteer attorneys who participated in practice rounds, and made generous donations to help finance the trip to Philadelphia. Several members of the Women Lawyers Association also contributed to the trip costs. Emily Zahn, '08, of Dinsmore & Shohl, in particular, not only contributed herself but also coordinated significant fundraising efforts at her law firm.
More New Coverage:
- "Achievers: Joshua Puckett & Mashayla Hays - Central pair finish 1-2 in moot court" (The Courier-Journal, May 1, 2011)
- American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (reprinted May 2, 2011)
The following students won in our Barristers' Ball Raffle:
Come join us for our final lunch of the year. Mr. Mark Franklin, a local lawyer, will be coming to speak to us. Everyone is welcome.
Place: Room 175
Mr. Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute and Becca O'Neill, a local immigration attorney, will engage in a debate about immigration policy. Professor Luke Milligan will moderate the debate. Topics will include:
- SB 1070 - Is it constitutional? Is it good policy?
- What to do with people already here illegally?
- What to do about future skilled and unskilled immigrants?
- Are temporary work permits for unskilled workers good policy?
We will be serving Graeter's Ice Cream, so come with an empty stomach and an open mind!