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Pepperdine Celebrates Recent Moot Court Successes

Pepperdine had a strong showing at the recent National Moot Court Competition regional and the Chicago Bar Association Competition. Third-year students Will Glaser and Kelsey Stapler were champions at the National Moot Court regional, which was held in San Francisco, California, on Nov. 13. The competition, which is the oldest in the country, is sponsored by the New York City Bar Association.

Glaser and Stapler competed against 19 teams from 11 California law schools including UC Davis, UC Berkeley, and USC. Glaser was awarded Best Advocate in the final round. He and a new team member Janelle White will compete at nationals in New York City on January 31.

“The National Moot Court Competition is one of the oldest and most prestigious moot court tournaments in the country, and we were thrilled with our the final results,” said Stapler.

Two teams representing Pepperdine competed at the Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition in Chicago, Illinois, on Nov. 20. The national competition comprised teams from 26 law schools across the country. The team of Kimberly McCall and Jeremiah Lee reached the semifinals while Faridoon Baqi and Brittany Lane were finalists. Lane was awarded Best Advocate in the preliminary round.

A reception to celebrate the students' successes was held on Tuesday, Nov. 30 in the School of Law atrium. 

Since 1972, Pepperdine School of Law has had a developed advocacy program competing at the highest levels. This important, time-honored law school tradition, allows students to hone advocacy and public speaking skills while participating in realistic appellate, trial, and dispute resolution proceedings.

Learn more about Pepperdine’s Advocacy Programs.