Law students Shaina Praska and Whitney Koprowski recently represented Hamline University School of Law in the National Moot Court regional competition. The duo advanced to the quarterfinal round in region 14 of the New York City Bar’s 63rd Annual National Moot Court Competition.
Koprowski also was named the best oralist at the competition hosted by the University of South Dakota School of Law at the Minnehaha County Courthouse in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The regional competition included law schools from Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, including Drake Law School, the University of Iowa College of Law, the University of Minnesota Law School, the University of St. Thomas School of Law, William Mitchell College of Law, Hamline University School of Law and the University of South Dakota Law School.
Drake University School of Law won Region 14, defeating a team from the University of Minnesota Law School in the finals.
More than 60 lawyers and judges judged rounds during the competition. The final round was judged by Judge Roger Wollman, 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Judge Lawrence Piersol, U.S. District Court, South Dakota; and state Supreme Court Judge Glen Severson.
The nationally recognized competition began in 1950 and is run by the Young Lawyers Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fifteen regional sponsors administer the regional rounds in November under the committee’s supervision. The first and second place teams from each region advance to the national finals, January 28 to 31, 2013, in New York City.