More than one-quarter of the Columbus School of Law’s first year class turned up for the audition, participating in the Moot Court's Soapbox Competition for 1Ls over the weekend of Jan 19-20.
Forty-two students faced each other to argue a personal jurisdiction issue, a fictitious but challenging legal scenario involving celebrities authored by 3L John Morgan. Soapbox problems are designed to assess a range of blooming litigation skills, including analysis, preparation and presentation.
The eventual winner of Sunday’s final round was Rebecca Neville, and the runner-up was Kevin Jordan. The judges, who included Morgan, Moot Court Chancellor Michelle Cappuccio, and Professor Megan La Belle, assessed the students using criteria such as demeanor, preparation, and quality of legal arguments.
The Soapbox competition is mandatory for students who may wish to try out for Moot Court teams later in their law school careers.
“It benefits students because among other things, it gives them exposure to and experience in oral advocacy, which is a big help with during their end of the year oral arguments in their LSP classes,” said Morgan.
The Moot Court Association encourages 1Ls to participate in the Soapbox Competition to get a flavor of what appellate advocacy is all about. By participating, first year students are eligible to become Moot Court Associates in their second or third year.