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March 8, 2001

CUA Team Wins Securities Moot Court National Championship

On Monday, March 5, three students from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law became national champions of the Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition, the only securities moot court program in the country.

To secure their victory, the Catholic University law students defeated 19 other teams including those from Georgetown University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Emory University, Wake Forest University, Villanova University, Michigan State University, St. John's University, and Albany University.

CUA's team presented their final argument before U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who helped judge the mock trial competition at Fordham University in New York.

CUA students Mia Baca Zur, Margaret McGuire and Nicole Griffin – all members of the law school’s Securities Law Student Association – were on the team that brought Catholic University its first victory after only one previous showing in the competition. In addition to helping her team win the championship, Ms. McGuire was named best individual speaker.

"The performance of these three students was inspiring," said CUA securities law professor David A. Lipton, who directs the school's securities law program. "When I first saw them debate, I knew we had some outstanding competitors. Equally impressive was the manner in which the law school community – alumni, adjuncts, lecturers and students – came together to give of their time and wisdom to coach these fine students."

Securities moot court competitions pit students against each other in mock trial cases about the law which regulates trading of stocks and bonds. Cases are argued at the appellate level, requiring student competitors to write a legal brief and argue the law supporting it in front of a judge.

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