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Moot Court team advances to national finals

The College of Law’s Moot Court team is advancing to the national finals of the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition, April 12-14 in Chicago.

Members of the team are Jacqueline Dobbert, a second-year law student from Greentown, Ind., and Rachel Kopec, a third-year law student from Maple Heights, Ohio. Kyle Novak, a third year law student from Dexter, Mich., is the student coach and faculty coach is Joanne Brant, professor of law.

Coach Novak said, "Jackie and Rachel were one of five teams in the 40-team Washington, D.C., region to advance to the national finals in Chicago. After losing their first two rounds by slim margins, Jackie and Rachel won the third round by a large margin to become the only 1-2 team to advance to the 20-team playoff. In the first round of the playoffs, we faced the number one-seeded team in the entire region and beat them 2-1 to advance to the regional finals. They then faced another higher seeded team and beat them 4 to 1 to advance to the national finals in Chicago. It is my understanding that no ABA team from ONU has ever advanced to the national finals. Jackie was also named the third best advocate in the entire region of over 100 advocates. Jackie and Rachel outscored every team they faced on oral arguments scores alone.”