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News Posted on April 12, 2011

King Hall Dominates UCLA Moot Court Competition

King Hall teams took first and second place at the Seventh Annual Williams Institute Moot Court Competition on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law held at UCLA on April 8.  Scott Judson '12 and James Beck '12 were named the winners, narrowly defeating fellow UC Davis students Remy Goldsmith '11 and Camille Papini-Chapla '11 in the final round.

The decision was announced by Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Honorable Alex Kozinski, who was joined on the bench by the Honorable Jack Jacobs of the Delaware Supreme Court and the Honorable Rives Kistler of the Oregon Supreme Court. The winners received a cash prize and were recognized at the Williams Institute 10th Anniversary Gala.

Founded in 2001, the Williams Institute advances sexual orientation law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship, which it disseminates to judges, legislators, policymakers, media, and the public.

The King Hall teams prevailed in the preliminary and semi-finals rounds held at UCLA in early March. The competition featured 24 teams from around the country, including the University of Florida, George Washington University, and University of Washington. At the end of the semi-final round, Papini-Chapla was named the best individual oral advocate of the competition.

The competitors would like to thank Professors Angelo DeSantis, Alan Brownstein, Courtney Joslin, Keith Aoki, Rachana Shah, and Carlton Larson, Yolo County Superior Court Judges Janet Gaard and Steven Basha, Judge Donna Marie Petre, King Hall alumni and team coaches Sarah Whitney Asplin '08 and Kim Lucia '09, the UC Davis School of Law Moot Court Board, student volunteers and Student Coach James Tiehm '11 for their support and time.