STL Holds 2019 Intramural Moot Court
STL students were provided with the opportunity to test their advocacy skills, legal research, and legal writing skills through the 2019 STL Intramural Moot Court Competition on December 1. STL students were invited to join the competition by submitting a written argument on behalf of one side in a fictional U.S. Supreme Court case concerning the liability of a corporation that offers paid services for creating “deepfakes,” then argued in preliminary, quarter-final and semi-final rounds to determine which four participants would qualify for the final round.
This is the second Intramural Moot Court Competition organized by STL’s Moot Court Board, a group of upper-level students who previously represented STL in moot court competitions.
Four STL 2L students, Li Yumo, Xie Zihan, Xu Yanhua and Zhang Tiying advanced to the finals. Each finalist presented their arguments before a panel of three judges: Frank Li, Partner at FangDa, Teng Haidi, Partner at King & Wood Mallesons, and Zhang Haomiao, an STL alumna and Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons. The judges were impressed by all four finalists. Zhang Tiying received the prize for Best Oralist from the judges. Xie Zihan received the prize for Best Memorandum representing appellant from the Moot court Board. Wu Ruoxin and Xie Yan received the prize for Best Memorandum representing appellee from the Moot Court Board.
Students who have been selected through Intramural Moot Court will have the opportunity to apply to STL’s Moot Court Program, which sends teams to several national and international moot court competitions each year, including the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Competition, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot, the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot, the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot.