November 04, 2013
Tulane Law School Moot Court team members Erim Sarinoglu, Amanda Austin, Michelle Jones and Demetrius Sumner join U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Ramirez (center) after the team won the Dallas regional to qualify for the national championship in January in San Francisco.
The Tulane Law School Moot Court team of Michelle Jones, Amanda Austin, Erim Sarinoglu and Demetrius Sumner went undefeated over the Nov. 2-3 weekend to win the Dallas regional round of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law’s 10th Annual Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition. That earned team members a trip to the national championship in San Francisco in January.
More than 400 top student advocates on 104 law school teams competed at regionals across the country for just eight spots in the national championship field.
This year, the case fact pattern involved an individual who claimed she was discriminated against and her employer didn’t offer reasonable accommodation for her disability. The Tulane quartet won four trials over two days, prevailing whether they argued as plaintiff or defendant. The last two trials were presided over by federal judges from the Northern District of Texas.
“These students performed at the highest level of their chosen profession in the essential core skills they will use in practice and established that Tulane is a force to be reckoned with in the national moot court arena,” said veteran New Orleans litigator Bill Sommers, who has taught trial advocacy at Tulane Law School and coached the team.
“These four outstanding students spent many hours preparing to achieve this and exemplify today’s Tulane law student.”