MISSOULA – Two teams from the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana finished first and second at the National Moot Court northwest regional competition held at UM Nov. 20-21.
The winning team was made up of Jason Collins, Hannah Seifert and Adam Wade. The team of Carrie Gibadlo, Paige Griffith and Tyler Stockton finished second. Gibadlo, Stockton, and Griffith won the best brief award, and Wade was awarded the best oralist.
The competition involved 12 teams from six law schools in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.
“They could not have performed any better,” said coach and law Professor Larry Howell.
The team of Seifert, Wade and Collins will advance to the final rounds in New York City in February. Normally the top two teams at regionals advance to the final rounds, but competition rules state that if the top two teams are from the same school, the third-place team advances instead of the second-place team.
The National Moot Court competition is the oldest and largest competition for law students, with teams from more than 120 schools participating every year in 15 regions. UM has one of the more successful records in the competition, advancing to the national finals 13 of the past 18 years and winning the award for the region’s best brief eight times during that period. The school is among the handful whose teams have won the national championship more than once. The team is co-coached by Associate Dean Andrew King-Ries.