Law School students win third straight competitionUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Community Outreach Coordinator, Law
Melody MacKenzie, 808 956-8411
UH Mānoa Law School had five teams at the competition out of a field of 67 teams. After the first day of preliminary rounds, the law school placed four teams in the top 16. That was whittled down to two UH Mānoa teams in the quarter-final rounds with the top 8 teams. Later a single team moved on to the semi-final round and ultimately the final round against a team from Columbia University in New York.
“We’re proud of our students’ hard work and we’re excited about their consistent performance each year,” commented Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, a UH Mānoa law professor and a faculty advisor who accompanied the team to Portland. Team captain Elika Otoya-Stimpson explained, “Our success was a team effort and we’re thankful for the support we received from the law school and the legal community in preparation for the competition.”
The first place Best Advocates award was earned by third year law students Caycie Gusman and Catherine Hall. Hall also won the first place Best Oralist award. Third year law student, Zachary Di Ionno and his second year law student partner Sommerset Wong won first place Best Legal Brief. Last year, Gusman and Hall together also argued in the final round against another Hawaiʻi team and earned second place Best Advocates. Hall explained, “It was a great experience! The people were great. The competition was a lot tougher this year.”
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