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L-R: Dean Veryl V. Miles; Zach Rothstein, Chancellor, CUA Law Moot Court Association;
 Preston Thomas, winner, Best Oralist; and Rachel Bender, Vice Chancellor,
2010 National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition.

3L Preston Thomas Wins Best Oralist at
National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition



Catholic University third-year law student Preston Thomas was named Best Oralist at the Sixteenth Annual National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition, held at the Columbus School of Law on March 27.  
Rescheduled due to early February’s blizzard, the competition still drew six of the nine teams that had originally planned to participate.  
Catholic University’s team of was composed of Hilary Brown (3L) and Preston Thomas. During the oral rounds, Thomas’s poise, style and mastery of the complicated broadband policy question at the center of this year’s competition carried the day.
“Thomas was chosen by virtual acclaim of the judges who heard him as Best Oralist,” said Professor David Irwin, director of the Institute for Communications Law Studies at the Columbus School of Law. “All should be, and indeed are, very proud of our team which was coached by top-notch students Patrick Halley and Greg Jennings.” 
Co-sponsored by the Columbus School of Law and the Federal Communications Bar Association, the moot court competition typically presents a telecom cutting-edge issue, one that offers challenging constitutional, national policy and legal implications. 
The University of Wisconsin Law School won the competition, edging out University of Colorado Law in a split 2-1 decision. The Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University was chosen for Best Brief. 
Other teams represented the law schools of the University of Colorado, Howard University and Indiana University – Bloomington.