Chicago-Kent to participate in the 2016 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law

Monday, February 22, 2016
 Ariel Olstein, Briana Mayes and Debora Barbosa, all third-year students, will represent Chicago-Kent in the 2016 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law.
From left: Ariel Olstein, Briana Mayes and Debora Barbosa, all third-year students, will represent Chicago-Kent in the 2016 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law.

Third-year students Debora Barbosa, Briana Mayes and Ariel Olstein will represent Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech in the 2016 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law. The tournament will be held March 11 to 12 at the Ohio Statehouse and the Supreme Court of Ohio in Columbus.

The competition is designed to give law students an opportunity to develop oral advocacy and writing skills as they argue current issues related to state child welfare and adoption law. This year's topic is "Permanency for Youth in Foster Care: Are There Any Guarantees?" The tournament is co-sponsored by Capital University Law School, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, the National Association of Counsel for Children, the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Chicago-Kent's Ilana Diamond Rovner Program in Appellate Advocacy, the umbrella program for many of the law school's moot court activities, was established in 1992. Since then, Chicago-Kent students have won numerous individual honors and regional and national competitions, including consecutive titles in the New York City Bar Association's National Moot Court Competition.

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