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(l-r) Yevgeniya (Jane) Kutepova '11, associate professor of political science Helen Boutrous, and Ezra Azzopardi '10 make a winning statement at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association tournament in Florida.

Pre-Law Students Earn Praise at National Court Contest

Feb. 10, 2010 -- Two Mount pre-law students excelled at a regional moot court contest and soared to national competition to impress judges with their arguments in simulated appellate court settings.

Ezra Azzopardi ’10, a business major, and Yevgeniya (Jane) Kutepova ’11, a political science major, began their journey to the nationals at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association western regional competition at Cal State Long Beach in December. The students scored well at the regional competition, and earned the right to join a select group from across the U.S. at the national moot court association tournament in Miami, Fla., in January. The national tournament represented 32 schools.

“Jane and Ezra received the sixth-highest score in their bracket at the national tournament, and received high praise and high scores from every judge in every round,” says Helen Boutrous, moot court adviser and chair of the History & Political Science Department. “They handled every question with precision and confidence. Their performance was simply spectacular.”

Kutepova previously won a best attorney award at a regional moot court competition. And in May 2009, student Richelle Menezes ’10 won a best attorney award at the California Classic Moot Court competition held at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

Moot Court, also known as mock Supreme Court and Supreme Court Simulation, is a simulation of an appellate court proceeding. It involves teams of student contestants, clients burdened by a legal problem, briefs and oratory detailing of the dimensions of the legal problem before an appellate court.

For more on the College's pre-law program, click here.

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