Willamette Students Succeed at National Moot Court Competition

Willamette students Heather Vogelsong and Kristen Williams represented the law school from April 7th-10th in the 2005 Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. These students spent five weeks preparing their brief and an additional month preparing for oral argument. Their hard work was rewarded with the Best Petitioner's Brief Award. They argued four rounds, advancing to the octofinals before being eliminated. Professors Gil Carrasco, Ed Harri, and Norman Williams, and former Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Edwin Peterson all helped prepare the students for oral argument.

This year's Evans Competition focused on issues surrounding the First Amendment, freedom of religion, and the Establishment Clause. Both students enrolled in WUCL's First Amendment seminar course taught by Professor Steven Green, who coached the team for this competition. Vogelsong and Williams both attribute their knowledge of First Amendment law to Professor Green and commented on his encouragement and support as their coach. Vogelsong said that she "enjoyed being able to put into practice what she learned from the First Amendment seminar."

The Evans Competition was held at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. This year's event brought 32 teams from law schools around the country to compete. The annual competition honors Judge Evan A. Evans who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1916 to 1948.