Students Excel in the Melissa Mitchell Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition
March 19, 2013
By: Samantha Noah
Geoffrey Patrishkoff and Francisco Lozano, earned a place as this term’s top team in the Melissa Mitchell Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition. Not only did the team excel in oral argument, but Geoffrey also named Best Advocate.
The competition, bearing its name to honor former Cooley Student, Melissa Mitchell, spanned four days and each of the five campuses. The top 50% of competitors of each campus moved on to compete a second day in the advancing rounds. After much deliberation, two finalist teams were selected to compete in Monday’s final round held at the Lansing campus – Patrishkoff and Lozano of Auburn Hills, and Jaha Thomas and Tanya Reynolds of Lansing. In head-to-head competition, the Auburn Hills team defeated the Lansing team by a small margin, being named the Hilary 2013 Champions.
Among all teams, the following students were awarded the honor of placing among the Top Ten Advocates: (10) Jason Jones, (9) Kevin Coe, (8) Tanya Reynolds, (7) Brian Spitler, (6) Shunta Tidwell, (5) Christopher Schaedig, (4) Matthew Berry, (3) Geoffrey Patrishkoff, (2) Felix Sharpe, (1) Jaha Thomas.
We congratulate all competitors on a job well done. Not only do students have the benefit of experiencing what appellate oral advocacy is liket, but all students who participate are eligible to become General Body members of Moot Court. Anyone who will be taking Criminal Procedure next term is encouraged in this challenging and rewarding experience.
For more information regarding participating in the competition or becoming a member of this amazing organization, please refer to your respective campus Executive Coordinators for more information.