Law announces 2013 Moot Court champions

Second-year NIU Law students Amanda Wielgus and Anthony Gough stand with Chief Judge Michael P. McCuskey of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

Second-year NIU Law students Amanda Wielgus and Anthony Gough stand with Chief Judge Michael P. McCuskey of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

Second-year NIU College of Law students Anthony Gough and Amanda Wielgus were the winners of the 31st Annual Prize Moot Court Competition held at the NIU College of Law.

Gough and Wielgus competed through several rounds of competition over the course of three weekends before achieving victory during the final round of the competition Saturday, March 2.

A number of accomplished judges from the region graciously donated their time to participate in this year’s Moot Court Competition.

In the semi-final rounds, competitors were judged by Justice Joseph E. Birkett, Justice Michael J. Burke, Justice Ann Jorgensen, Justice Mary Seminara-Schostock and Justice Robert Spence, all of the Appellate Court, Second District of Illinois; as well as the Honorable Judith Brawka, chief judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois.

The final round of arguments were presided over by Magistrate P. Michael Mahoney of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; the Honorable Michael P. McCuskey, chief judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois; and Michael A. Scodro, Esq., solicitor general of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

During the Moot Court banquet, awards were presented to the championship team of Gough and Wielgus; the runner-up team of Kate Guensburg and Manar Zayed, who also received the Best Respondent’s Brief award; and Guensburg received the Best Oralist award.

Michael A. Scodro, Esq., Solicitor General, Office of the Illinois Attorney General; and Magistrate P. Michael Mahoney, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Michael A. Scodro, Esq., Solicitor General, Office of the Illinois Attorney General; and Magistrate P. Michael Mahoney, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The NIU College of Law’s Moot Court Society was established as a student organization in 1982 by Associate Dean Leonard Mandell, who will retire as its faculty adviser this year. Mandell has been responsible for the Prize Moot Court competition since its inception, and has seen numerous competitors achieve success in national moot court competitions following their participation in the Prize Moot Court Competition.

The Moot Court Society organizes and runs the competition to further the advancement of appellate advocacy. The Prize Moot Court Competition is open to second-year students and gives them an opportunity to draft briefs and argue cases in a simulated appellate court before panels of moot court judges.

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