Law school takes prestigious moot court competition

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Law school takes prestigious moot court competition

In February, third-year law students (from left) Benjamin W. Thorpe, Emily K. Westberry and Steven L. Strasberg won the oldest and most prestigious moot court competition in the country.

Photo by: Peter Frey

Three third-year School of Law students in February won the 64th Annual National Moot Court Competition, the oldest and most prestigious moot court competition in the country.

Steven L. Strasberg, Benjamin W. Thorpe and Emily K. Westberry went undefeated to win the competition, sponsored by the New York Bar Association and held in Manhattan. Thorpe was named the competition’s best oralist.

The trio, which won the regional round to reach the nationals, beat teams from Emory University School of Law (in the final round), Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Drake University Law School, Hofstra University School of Law and Seattle University Law School.

The case the students argued centered on a challenge to a state law that required retailers of sugar-sweetened beverages to post signs in their stores about dangers associated with sugar-sweetened beverages and a manufacturer requirement to mark bottles to prevent 10-cent deposit fraud. It involved both First Amendment and Dormant Commerce Clause issues.

The last time a UGA team won this tournament was in 1997; UGA finished second last year.