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Asylum & Refugee Law Competition: Another Great Success!

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Feb 9, 2011

Saturday was a busy day for the King Hall community, with the Fourth Annual Asylum & Refugee Law Moot Court Competition, a King Hall Alumni Board meeting, and the KHOP Pre-Law Boot Camp.  I met with the Alumni Board, and was able to catch the finals of the moot court competition, which is the only competition in the nation devoted exclusively to asylum and refugee law.

The competition drew teams from law schools across the country, including Baylor University, Boston University, Campbell University, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, Pepperdine University, Saint Louis University, Santa Clara University, Southern Illinois University, UC Hastings, University of Denver, University of Michigan, and Western State University. 

The final round was judged by a very impressive panel that included Chief Magistrate Judge Dale Drozd, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; Justice Martin Jenkins, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District; Justice William McGuiness, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District; Professor Cruz Reynoso, Former Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California; and Judge Robert Yeargin, US Immigration Judge.  Judging the preliminary rounds were more than two dozen volunteers including Professors Leticia Saucedo, Clayton Tanaka, Angelo DeSantis, and Timothy Schooley, CILC Fellow Kate Doty ’08, Commissioner David Haet ’72 of the Solano County Superior Court, Solano County Superior Court Judge Bradley Nelson ’79, and several other alumni and friends of the Law School.  Supporting their efforts were more than two dozen volunteers, the Moot Court Board Members, and the Competition Committee, chaired by Richard Nguyen ’11, Peter McGuiness ’11, and James Tiehm ’11.

The annual competition, which was won this year by the team from UC Hastings, is truly a great King Hall event, and I’m immensely proud of the many volunteers who contributed their time, effort, and expertise to make it a success.  Thank you all!