The 2013 Carrigan Cup, CU Law’s premier intra-school mock trial competition, was a great success! This year’s Carrigan Cup was judged by the following panel of esteemed legal professionals: Judge Wiley Daniel, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado; Sheila Carrigan, Esq., Shareholder, Carrigan Law, LLC; and Jessica Brown, Esq., Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
Thanks to the generosity, support, and commitment of the Carrigan Family to experiential learning and the development of trial skills in law students, The Carrigan Cup features CU Law’s top mock litigators. The Carrigan Cup is a unique opportunity for students to exhibit the trial skills and tactics they have learned at CU Law, and was established by family and friends in honor of judge and former faculty member Jim R. Carrigan. The competition is attended by members of the Colorado legal community to honor Judge Carrigan and his family as well as the student competitors.
This year’s competitors tried a 1st-degree murder case, State of Nita v. Sanchez, and the parties were represented by the following students:
For the Prosecution: Tim Galluzzi, 3L, and Matt Montazzoli, 3L;
Representing the Defendant: Amanda Schiabor, 3L, and Kevin Cheney, 3L.
The students thoroughly prepared their cases, and all of the judges were highly impressed with the students’ trial skills. Ultimately, the Defense prevailed, and the winners were:
The 2013 Carrigan Cup Champions: Amanda Schiabor and Kevin Cheney.
Congratulations to all who participated in The Carrigan Cup for a job well done in representing our school with such quality performances.
Colorado Law’s Moot Court Board of the Barristers’ Council proudly hosted Region 11’s competition for the Regional Round of the nation’s most prestigious moot court competition—The National Moot Court Competition sponsored by the New York City Bar and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Eight teams competed in this year’s Regional Competition: University of Colorado (2); University of Utah (2); Arizona State University; Phoenix School of Law (2); and the University of Wyoming.
The two issues were 1) whether a state regulation of compelled commercial speech violated the First Amendment and 2) whether a state regulation requiring a unique mark on beverage containers violated the Dormant Commerce Clause.
Colorado Law’s Petitioner’s team of Matt Molinaro, Xakema Henderson, and Lewis Turner performed well and advanced to the semi-finals of the competition.
The Respondent’s team of Mary Sue Greenleaf, Kevin Cheney, and Tim Galluzzi won First Place and wrote the Runner-Up Best Brief. Galluzzi won the competition’s Best Oral Advocate Award, arguing both sides of the First Amendment issue.
The final round against the University of Utah was judged by Federal Magistrate Judges Boyd N. Boland and Kristen L. Mix for the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, and by attorney and CU Alum Jordan Bunch.
Greenleaf, Cheney, and Galluzzi will travel to New York City in February to represent Region 11 at Nationals. More than 50 attorneys, judges, and faculty participated in the competition, as judges and in scoring briefs.
The Colorado Law team of Ryan Tamm, Jon Greenlee, and Mathew Shoettle won their regional round in South Dakota for the ABA National Mock Trial Competition. The team progressed to the national competition in San Antonio, Texas.
Hunter Swain’s ('13) recent paper won first place in the Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition in Labor and Employment Law, earning Swain a prize of $3,000. The competition, sponsored by the national labor and employment law firm Jackson Lewis, is the top writing competition nationwide for labor and employment law.
"I’m interested in helping regular people with their problems," said Swain. "Employment law is important because it touches everyone—everyone has to work. I really believe that people want to work if given the chance. I want to help them get that chance, and I want to make sure that everyone who works will get paid a fair wage."
Surbhi Garg (’13) and Kayla Smith (’13) won the 2013 Rothgerber Moot Court Competition, arguing before a prestigious panel of judges.
Held on Monday, February 25th in the Wittemyer Courtroom, Garg and Smith teamed up against Tim Galluzzi and Martina Hinojosa to argue a fictional case about free speech. Galluzzi and Hinojosa represented the publishers of a manual detailing how to commit murder, while Garg and Smith represented the families of victims murdered by a man who purchased the book. The question turned on whether the book was protected speech under the First Amendment.
These four law students argued in front of an impressive panel of judges, including:
Manab Goswami ('13) won the Best Oralist award in the National Telecommunications Moot Court competition in Washington D.C. held in February 2013. Coached by Associat Professor Brad Bernthal, the team consisted of Manab Goswami ('13), Megan Rose ('13), and Ilias Politis ('13).