Congratulations to the 2017 National Native American Law Student Association Moot Court Team!

Columbia had a fantastic showing at the 2017 National Native American Law Student Association Moot Court Competition!

Columbia sent six teams to the competition and all six demonstrated phenomenal oral advocacy skill and a mastery of the complicated issues involved in this year’s problem. James Butler & Kamilah Moore, Helin Azizoglu & Victoria Xie, and Edward Smith & Hilary Rosenthal all gave truly excellent performances in the two opening rounds of the competition.

Clockwise from top left: James Butler ’19, Edward Smith ’19, Ty Carleton ’19, Kamilah Moore ’19, Hilary Rosenthal ’19, Heidi Guzman ’19, Juliana Bennington ’19, Agatha Erickson ’19, Lydia Cash ’19 (not pictured: Helin Azizoglu ’19, Victoria Xie ’19, Clara Kent ’19)

Particular congratulations go to the three teams that advanced past the first two rounds of competition. Clara Kent & Heidi Guzman advanced to the round of 16, Agatha Erickson & Ty Carleton advanced to the round of 8, and Lydia Cash & Juliana Bennington advanced to the round of four coming in third place overall! Lydia Cash also received the G. William Rice Best Oral Advocate award for receiving the highest scores from judges in the entire competition!

NALSA could not be prouder of the members of this year’s team. This weekend’s competition marks the end of months of practices the competitors (all of whom are 1Ls) undertook in addition to their studies. Please join NALSA editors Komal Patel and Hannah Lutz, and coaches, Max Schechter, Maia Hutt, and Rebecca Nocharli in congratulating this year’s competitors.

The NALSA team would like to thank the many past NALSA participants who volunteered to judge and assist the team this year as well as faculty member Christine Swanick for her dedication to NALSA through LPW and for traveling to California to watch the team compete and faculty member Steven McSloy for taking the time to guest judge practices and offer his insight into the world of Federal Indian Law.

Once again, congratulations to the 2017 NALSA Moot Court Team.

The Moot Court Program at Columbia Law School is made possible by the generous support of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.