11th Annual Asylum and Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition

Congratulations to our 2017 - 2018 LaLSA Moot Court Team!

March 05, 2018

This past weekend, the 2017 - 2018 team traveled to Davis, California to represent Columbia Law School at the 11th Annual Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition, which was held on March 2nd and March 3rd, 2018 at UC Davis School of Law. This competition is the only immigration law moot court competition on the West Coast. The competition provides law students from across the country the opportunity to participate in a hypothetical appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

During the competition, our team really made us proud! Salvador Rosas ('20) and Ellie Dupler ('20) won first place at the competition. Ellie also won 3rd place place for her oral advocacy. 

Nestor Almeida ('20), Genesis Sanchez Tavarez ('20), Elizabeth Rivera-Cruz ('20), and Grace Assaye ('20) also did Columbia Law School proud. 

Our students, all first-year J.D. candidates, competed with predominantly second- and third-year students from law schools throughout the country in oral arguments. As 1Ls, they held their own against 2Ls and 3Ls throughout the rounds. 

The 2017 - 2018 team was coached by Armando Solano ('19)Hayley Malcolm ('19), and Clarisa Reyes-Becerra ('19). Our editors were David Beizer ('19) and Cassandra Snyder ('19).