Chicago-Kent wins National Moot Court Competition's regional tournament
Team will advance to national finals in New York City
Stephanie Flowers and Quinn Ford, third-year students at Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech, have won the National Moot Court Competition's Region VIII tournament, held November 18 and 19, 2017, at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. The team also had the region's highest-scoring brief.
Flowers and Ford went undefeated for the entire weekend. After preliminary round victories against Northern Illinois University College of Law and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, they scored a quarterfinal win over the University of Illinois College of Law and a semifinal win over the University of Wisconsin Law School. In the final round, they defeated a second team from Northwestern University to win the regional championship.
Chicago-Kent's championship team and Northwestern’s finalist team will face off against first- and second-place teams from 14 other regions in the national finals in New York City, January 29 to February 1, 2018. This will be Chicago-Kent's seventh consecutive appearance in the national finals and its 12th berth in the last 13 years. After winning the national championship in 2008 and 2009, Chicago-Kent became the first school in tournament history to win back-to-back national titles.
Kara Angeletti ’18 and Max Morimoto ’18, who competed on another Chicago-Kent team, had a great showing as well and had second-highest oral argument scores in the preliminary rounds of the competition.
Championship team members Stephanie Flowers and Quinn Ford both graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Flowers earned a bachelor's degree in history, and Ford majored in journalism. Last spring, they won a regional championship at the 2017 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition regional tournament in Boston.
Professor Kent Streseman, director of Chicago-Kent’s Program in Appellate Advocacy, oversaw both teams, and Professors Michael Gentithes and Douglas Wm. Godfrey also helped the teams prepare for the competition.
The National Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the New York City Bar Association, is the nation's oldest and largest appellate advocacy competition.
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.