Over the weekend of March 5th and 6th, Widener Law students Angelina Freind, Adrienne Robertson, and Nina Staggers participated in and reached the final round of the Inaugural National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition sponsored by DePaul University College of Law.
Freind, a 3rd year regular division student; Robertson a 3rd year extended division student; and Staggers, a 2nd year regular division student, advanced all the way to the final round, finishing second out of twelve teams in a split decision. The team also won the award for Best Brief, and Nina Staggers won the Best Oralist Award.
The competition problem dealt with the excavation and removal of archaeological artifacts as covered under the Archaeological Resources Protection Act. The competition was held in the Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse in downtown Chicago, and judges for the final round included members of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. “In advancing to the final round, the opportunity to argue in front of judges from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals was truly an exceptional experience, especially in light of the fact that so few practitioners, in the course of their entire careers, will ever get a similar opportunity,” said Adrienne Robertson of the experience.
“Once again, this team’s performance shows that Widener can compete successfully with the best and brightest from all over the country. It takes time, talent, and dedication, and these women have it all,” said Professor Leslie Johnson
, who served as the team’s coach. Angelina Freind returned Professor Johnson’s remarks, noting, “We would never have achieved this repeated level of success without the support of our coach, Professor Leslie Johnson. She was with us every step of the way, cheering us on. She is a wonderful coach, and a dedicated supporter of the Moot Court Honor Society
The entire Widener Law Community congratulates Angelina, Adrienne, Nina, and Professor Johnson on a job well done!