The School of Law’s Internal Moot Court Competition, kindly sponsored by A&L Goodbody solicitors, took place on Wednesday 14 February 2018. The preliminary rounds took place on Wednesday morning, followed by the Grand Final at 3.30pm in the moot court room. The preliminary rounds were judged by Dr Lydia Bracken, Dr John Lombard, Dr Norah Burns and Sinead Eaton. All judges commented on the high standard of mooting displayed by students throughout the morning sessions.
The Grand Final of the competition commenced at 3.30pm and was adjudicated by Dean Strang, best known for his involvement in the Steven Avery case which was documented in the Netflix docu-series ‘Making a Murderer’; Dr Margaret Fitzgerald O’Reilly of the School of Law; and Dr Stephen King of A&L Goodbody solicitors. The judges found in favour of the appellants on the legal argument but declared the respondents to be the winners of the moot based on their advocacy and persuasion.
Congratulations to the winning team of Mairead O'Regan and Dominique Alves de Lima, the runner up team of Stephen Linnane, Joseph Kiely and Sarah Whyte, and to the best speaker Joseph Kiely.
The moot court competition was organised and co-ordinated by Dr Lydia Bracken, Director of Clinical Legal Education at the School of Law, and Clodagh Dunne, UL Law Society Mooting Officer.
The moot was followed by a reception and welcome event for Dean Strang at Plassey House.