Akron Law Wins National Moot Court Competition


The University of Akron School of Law took first place at the Fifth Annual National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law earlier this month at the Ohio Judicial Center and Ohio Statehouse.

Akron Law was among 17 law schools from around the country vying for the championship sponsored by the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital’s law school and four other prominent child advocacy organizations.

Teams demonstrated their advocacy skills during oral arguments on the topic of “Assisted Reproduction and Same Sex Relationships.”

In the final round, Akron law school students Maria Klutinoty and Emily Trettel defeated the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Trettel also received the award for the Best Oralist.

The team was coached by Michael T. Altvater ('08) and Katherine Silver Kelly ('06).

The final round judging panel included Jack Guttenberg, Capital law school dean, and representatives of the competition’s national partners: Kathleen Hogan Morrison of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys; Janet Sherwood of the National Association of Counsel for Children; and Magistrate Paul DeMott (Hamilton County Juvenile Court) of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

About The University of Akron
The University of Akron is the public research university for Northern Ohio. The Princeton Review listed UA among the “Best in the Midwest” in its 2008 edition of Best Colleges: Region-by-Region. Serving 26,000 students, the University offers approximately 300 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. For more information, visit www.uakron.edu.

About The University of Akron School of Law
The University of Akron School of Law promotes justice, the protection of individual liberty and the rule of law through commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. A regional school of national impact, the law school features renowned programs in intellectual property, professional responsibility and trial advocacy, and is home to one of four Constitutional Law Centers in the United States, established by the U.S. Congress in 1986.To learn more, visit www.uakron.edu/law.