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News Posted on April 5, 2012

Tyler Layton '12, Jim Beck '12 to Represent North America in International Space Law Moot Court Competition

Tyler Layton '12 and Jim Beck '12 placed first in the 2012 Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition at Georgetown Law School held in Washington, D.C. on March 30-31.  The performance enabled them to emerge as North American champions, and qualified them to represent King Hall in the final, international round of competition to be held before a sitting panel of the International Court of Justice in Naples, Italy this October.  The King Hall students were awarded honors for Best Overall Team and Best New Team, and Layton was named as the competition's Best Oral Advocate. This is the first year UC Davis School of Law has participated in this competition, which has been around for 20 years.

Layton and Beck would like to thank their colleagues and professors who helped them research and prepare for the competition.  In particular, they would like to thank their coach Kurt Oldenburg, Professors Anupam Chander and Angelo DeSantis, the Moot Court Board, and the "wonderful team of King Hall Librarians, who donned hardhats, plumbed the depths of the library basement, and emerged with dusty space law tomes that haven't been opened since the launch of Sputnik."