Hamline Law students Kelsey Berset, Lauren Dwyer, Jeremy Lagasse, and Jennifer Santelli recently represented Hamline University School of Law at the 2013 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition in Charleston, South Carolina.
The team of Lagasse and Santelli advanced to the quarterfinals, where they lost to the eventual champions by only two points. Their petitioner’s brief placed third overall. Professor Steve Swanson coached the Hamline Law teams. Each year, the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition is held under the joint sponsorship of the University of Texas School of Law and a local host school. This year's event marked the 20th annual competition, and it pitted 26 teams from across the country against one another in a mock Supreme Court argument relating to the availability of insurance to cover punitive damages in admiralty cases. The event was hosted by Charleston School of Law on March 21 - 23, 2013.
The Honorable John R. Brown served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as one of the nation's most prominent admiralty judges from 1955 until his death in 1993. Shortly after his death, and in his honor, the University of Texas School of Law established the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition, as an annual interscholastic appellate advocacy competition.