Moot Court Competition 2022

Final Argument

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 1, 2022
UCI Student Center, Crystal Cove Auditorium

Judges

The Honorable Bernice B. Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (participating virtually)
The Honorable Richard A. Paez, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
The Honorable Johnnie B. Rawlinson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
 

Mission Statement

The mission of the UCI School of Law Moot Court Board is to promote the development and refinement of students’ legal research, writing and appellate oral advocacy skills by encouraging their participation in moot court competitions. Each year, the Board organizes an intramural moot court competition that asks students to address issues from real-life cases, with the ultimate goal of preparing them for their legal careers.

    2021-2022 Moot Court Board

    The UCI Law Moot Court Board is comprised of third-year students who successfully participated in Moot Court previously. This year’s Moot Court Board consists of the following members.
  • Baele Hasbrouck ’22, Board Chair

    My name is Baele, and I was born in New York City. Growing up, I lived abroad and traveled extensively, but I consider Atlanta, Georgia, my home.  Prior to law school, I graduated from Louisiana State University as a Political Communication major with double minors in Spanish and Psychology. Upon graduation, I plan on practicing at the intersection of immigration and human rights law. Competing in the moot court competition was a step outside of my comfort zone but was an invaluable learning experience that I am proud to have been a part of. Aside from the writing and oratory skills, I learned how to handle pressure, work with colleagues, pay attention to detail, develop unique arguments, and think on my feet. Outside of law school, I love watching baking/cooking shows, trying new recipes, and spending time with close friends and family.
  • Ian Mayr ’22, Co-Vice Chair

    My name is Ian, and I grew up in Belleville, Illinois, 15 minutes outside of St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to attending law school, I attended William Woods University, where I studied Biology and played on the Men’s Soccer Team. I then owned a food truck business, Abominable Snow Cones. Upon graduation, I plan on practicing in the intellectual property field. Participating in moot court has been an important part of my law school experience as I not only gained beneficial legal research, writing, and oral argument experience, but also gained valuable confidence after realizing I was capable of persuading experienced attorneys and judges of my arguments. Outside of law school, I spend my time working out, playing sports, and hanging out with friends.
  • Hamaseh Sorooshian ’22, Co-Vice Chair

    My name is Hamaseh. I grew up in Sacramento, California, and graduated from Northeastern University as a Psychology major with a focus in Biology and Chemistry. I plan on practicing business litigation in San Francisco after graduation. Participating in Moot Court was a fantastic challenge and one of the highlights of my 2L year, even though it was entirely over Zoom. When I am not doing law school, I like to do fun outdoor activities or eat with my fiancé and friends. I also love my cat, Penelope.
  • Stephanie Sneddon ’22, Co-Director of Internal Relations

    After dropping my youngest child off at college, I decided to leave my landscape construction business in Santa Barbara and finally apply to law school to pursue my long-held desire to be a criminal prosecutor. Moot court honed my writing skills and greatly improved my oral advocacy skills. Last summer, arguing motions in front of a judge in Los Angeles County Superior Court, I drew heavily on my Moot court experience. Moot court was one of the most challenging, rewarding, and even transformative things I’ve done in law school. I joined the Moot Court Board to enrich other law students’ experience with this competition. My favorite thing to do with the scant discretionary time I have in law school is to eat popcorn and drink wine while reading a novel. What I usually end up doing is cooking for family and friends, which is also pretty enjoyable.
  • Emily Yu ’22, Co-Director of Internal Relations

    My name is Emily, and I am a 3L at UCI Law. I grew up in Southern California and attended Princeton University, where I majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Before law school, I worked at an entertainment law firm, and after graduation, I will begin my career at a large law firm. For me, Moot Court was a valuable and unique opportunity to practice appellate brief writing and oral advocacy skills. I hope to facilitate an educational and enjoyable experience for all of our competitors this year. Outside of school, you can find me running on a trail, reading a book for fun, and listening to a DND podcast.
  • Sophia Papaioannou ’22, Director of Judicial Relations

    My name is Sophia, and I grew up in Dayton, Ohio. For my undergraduate studies, I attended Wright State University where I majored in International Business and minored in Spanish. I am deeply fascinated by the intersection of law and business and how these fields interact with the international realm. Although I came into law school wanting to do transactional work, Moot Court showed me how exciting it is to litigate, and it opened my mind to other possibilities for my career. I spend my free time playing with my Pomeranian Bobbie, going to the beach, weight-lifting, cooking, and studying foreign language.