Fifth Annual National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law


The University of Akron School of Law took first place at the Fifth Annual National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law.

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 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.

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Coach Katherine Silver Kelly, 06, Maria Klutinoty, Emily Trettel (best advocate), Coach Michael T. Altvater, 08.

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National Champion team members Emily Trettel and Emily Klutinoty with the final round judging panel Magistrate Paul DeMott, Attorney Kathleen Hogan Morrison, Capital University Law School Dean Jack Guttenberg, and Attorney Janet Sherwood.

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2010 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law Champions Emily Trettel (best advocate) and Maria Klutinoty.