Willamette Law Student Wins “Best Advocate” Prize at Moot Court Competition

by University Communications,

Third-year law student Kelly Huedepohl received a “Best Advocate” prize at the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition last week.

Attorney Judy Parker JD’06 coached Huedepohl and her Willamette University teammates. The competition emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a simulated advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court; in this case, the issue involved a qualified immunity defense in a Tort Claim Act. Competitors write briefs and then argue the case in front of the mock court.

In addition to Huedepohl, team members included Blaine Denton, Maggie George, Megan Cox, Taylor Anderson and AJ Wahl.

“I feel great,” Parker said about Huedpohl’s win. “It’s really reflective of how a small school like Willamette can rise to the top.”

The competition, which took place in San Francisco, included students from UC Berkeley School of Law; UC Hastings College of the Law; UCLA School of Law; and the University of Texas School of Law, among other institutions.