IIT Chicago-Kent to compete for the 2012 Moot Court National Championship

Monday, January 23, 2012

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law has been invited to compete in the 2012 Moot Court National Championship, taking place January 27 to February 2 at the University of Houston Law Center's Blakely Law Center. This is the fourth consecutive year that IIT Chicago-Kent has been invited to participate.

From left, 3L students Christopher Rothwell, Meganne Britton-Trela and Richard Madison will compete in the 2012 Moot Court National Championship January 27 to February 2 in Houston.
From left, 3L students Christopher Rothwell, Meganne Britton-Trela and Richard Madison will compete in the 2012 Moot Court National Championship January 27 to February 2 in Houston.

Sponsored by Andrews Kurth LLP, the Moot Court National Championship is an annual 'best of the best' competition that recognizes a law school's sustained excellence in the art of written and oral advocacy. Each academic year, the organizers track the results of moot court competitions involving American law students. Only the 16 top-scoring schools in the country are invited to compete.

"I am proud that we will be one of a handful of law schools to have posted the consistently excellent results necessary to participate in each of the first four national championships," said Professor Kent Streseman, director of the law school's Ilana Diamond Rovner Program in Appellate Advocacy.

Third-year students Meganne Britton-Trela, Richard Madison and Christopher Rothwell will represent IIT Chicago-Kent in the Moot Court National Championship competition.

Meganne Britton-Trela earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Arkansas, with a major in broadcast journalism. Prior to law school, she served as the admissions and marketing director at St. Francis de Sales High School in Chicago. Teammate Richard Madison is president of IIT Chicago-Kent's Moot Court Honor Society. Madison graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in theater. Before entering law school, he founded the RiMeChi Theatre Company in Chicago while working as a conflicts analyst at Jenner & Block, LLP. Christopher Rothwell graduated from Florida State University with a major in political science and a minor in economics. Prior to law school, Rothwell worked in advertising for Pioneer Press Newspapers.

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, a private, Ph.D.-granting institution with programs in engineering, psychology, architecture, business, design and law. IIT Chicago-Kent is the only law school ever to win the National Trial Competition and the National Moot Court Competition in the same year (2008), and the first school in more than 30 years to win the National Moot Court Competition in two consecutive years (2008 and 2009).

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