Hamline student Nkechi J. Eccles-James was the recent winner of "Best Oralist" and Rachel M. Knutson was the winner of "Runner Up Best Oralist" in the 2007 Legal Research and Writing Honor Round.
The Honor Round of Oral Arguments is the culminating event of the first year Legal Writing course says Legal Writing Instructor Alice Silkey. Hamline Legal Writing instructors select the best oralists from their sections to advance to the Honor Round. The oral arguments are based on the final major writing assignment of the year, the Appellate Brief. The Appellate Brief assignment and the subsequent oral argument require the students to persuade an appellate court to adopt their client's position on the legal issues in dispute.