Labor & Employment Moot Court Team Makes Elite 8!
Breaking new ground, students Jamie Hafley (3L), Kaitlyn Jones (3L), and Cindy Federico (3L) advanced to the coveted Quarter-Finals last weekend in the Robert F. Wagner Labor & Employment Moot Court Competition at New York Law School in New York, NY. The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law has participated in the competition for thirty years, but no team had ever reached the Elite 8. After three preliminary rounds, the team advanced to the Sweet 16 as a 10 seed. They then knocked the 7 seed out of the competition, and were re-seeded as the 4 seed before falling in the Elite 8.
This year's fact pattern involved collective action and class action claims brought by a group of unpaid summer interns for back pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The judge commended Jamie Hafley for his presence, conversational tone, skillful rebuttals, and an ability to explain complicated procedural issues with ease. They repeatedly praised Kaitlyn Jones for her impressive knowledge and argumentative use of all the relevant facts, citations to controlling authority, relaxed demeanor, and persuasive argumentation. They complimented Cindy Federico for her poise under pressure, conversational style, and knowledge of procedural rules essential to her argument.
The team worked incredibly hard in preparation for and during the competition. Their impressive performance is a testament to their superior written and oral advocacy skills, and to UofL's law school.