Jessica James Curtis and Mikaela Barns Win 1L Moot Court Competition

April 21, 2020 | By Rachel Egli, Director of Events and Continuing Legal Education
Screenshot of competitors and judges of the 1L Moot Court Competition hosted on Zoom

OU Law recently hosted its first-ever virtual 1L Moot Court Competition using the online video conferencing platform Zoom. The annual competition is organized by the OU Law Board of Advocates and sponsored by Whitten Burrage.

Congratulations to this year’s winners, Jessica James Curtis and Mikaela Barns, who represented the Petitioner, as well as the other final team of Tina Cannon and Robert Rembert, who represented the Respondent.

OU Law extends a special thanks to the final round judges:

  • Interim Dean Katheleen Guzman, OU College of Law
  • Mike Hunter, Oklahoma Attorney General
  • Vice Presiding Judge Dana Kuehn, Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Mithun Mansinghani, Oklahoma Solicitor General
  • Special Judge Emily Mueller, Lincoln County District Court
  • Judge Patrick Wyrick, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

The students argued a case involving a First Amendment issue about free speech and a Fourth Amendment issue regarding the search of a vehicle.

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