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Drake Law School National Moot Court Team Places First in Regionals

November 20, 2006

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The Drake University Law School National Moot Court team finished first in a field of 14 teams at the regional rounds of the National Moot Court Competition held in Vermillion, S.D., last week. Drake and the second-place team from the University of South Dakota will advance as one of 28 teams to compete at the national finals in New York City from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1, 2007.

The Drake team, which also won the Best Respondent's Brief Award, consists of Emily Peebler, a third-year student from Robins, Iowa; Jill Link, a second-year student from Des Moines; and Christian Walk, a second-year student from Des Moines. Peebler won the Best Oralist in the Final Round. Walk placed fifth among the individual oralist awards and Peebler finished sixth.

“It’s a great recognition of the tremendous time and effort the teams have put into preparing for the competition," said Laurie Dore, professor of law and coach. "I expect they will do as well when we go to New York City."

A second Drake Law School team, which placed third, consists of Mary Lindstrom, a second-year student from Galesburg, Ill.; Andrea Jensen, a second-year student from Beldenville, Wis.; and Jacob Lofgren, a second-year student from Des Moines. Lindstrom finished fourth among the individual oralist awards. The team was defeated in the semi-finals.

The National Moot Court Competition, one of the oldest and most prestigious of its kind in the country, is jointly sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.