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Semester 1 2014 Moot Finals Held on May 21

The judges listen attentively to the students’ arguments. From left to right: Sofia Shah, Ralph Regenvanu, Eric Colvin.
Terai Boaza represents Arguendo Associates. Hana Gauta is in the foreground.
Wendy Raptigh makes the case for the Beginners Law Firm.
Leana William of Beginners Law Firm was named Best Mooter.

Many weeks of hard work and preparation culminated in the Emalus Campus Semester 1 2014 Moot Finals, which were held from 5:00 to 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 21 in the Moot Court. The two finalist teams, Beginners Law Firm and Arguendo Associates, made their arguments to a panel of three judges: Head of School Professor Eric Colvin, Lecturer Sofia Shah, and a special guest judge, Vanuatu Minister of Lands Ralph Regenvanu.

Each moot team had three members. The students representing Arguendo Associates were: Terai Boaza, Hana Gauta and Beatrice Tabangcora. For Beginners Law Firm, the student team members were Wendy Raptigh, Leana William and Laura Lunabek.

The moot case involved an appeal from a trial court decision holding that a lawyer was protected by immunity from being sued by a former client over the lawyer’s performance in the client’s case. Beginners Law Firm argued in support of the proposition that the trial judge’s decision was correct in granting immunity to the lawyer. Arguendo Associates took the opposite position, saying that the lawyer ought to be held responsible for actions leading to the failure of the client’s case.

The Beginners Law Firm were named the moot competition winners. Leana William of the Beginners Law Firm was named best mooter overall. In their closing remarks, the judges praised the skill of both teams and encouraged the mooters to keep improving.

All moot participants from this semester will be recognized at the USPSA-Emalus Campus function on Friday evening.


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