Northwestern Law Students Place in Moot Court Competition
Northwestern Law students Amanda Barrera JD '11 and Kelsey Vidaillet JD '11 recently competed in and advanced to the semi-final round in the National Latino Law Student Association (NLLSA) Moot Court Competition held at Yale University.This marks Northwestern’s first year of participation in the competition which is a part of the NLLSA annual conference.
For Barrera and Vidaillet preparation for the competition centered on the competition question: “May the Immigration and Nationality Act impose different residency requirements on unwed citizen-fathers as compared to unwed citizen mothers whose foreign-born children seek derivative citizenship?”
Latina/o law students from around the country fought to answer that question during the annual competition held the first week October. Of 14 participating teams, the four semi-finalist teams included Northwestern, Boston College, Texas Tech and Yale.
Through the NLLSA moot court competition students are able to hone their legal research, writing and oral advocacy, while practicing their real world litigation abilities in front of legal practitioners.
John S. Elson served as Barrera and Vidaillet’s moot court coach and the two were sponsored by Northwestern’s Moot Court Club and Latino Law Student Association, support for which the they were appreciative.