TU Team Reaches "Sweet Sixteen" at National Health Law Competition

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A student team from The University of Tulsa College of Law was recognized for submitting the nation's eighth best brief at the 2008 National Health Law Moot Court Competition. The team also won both of its preliminary rounds and earned a seed among the nation's best in the competition's "sweet sixteen."

The national competition was held in November at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Ill. The strong finish by third-year TU law students John Anthony of Keller, Texas, and Stephanie Landolt of Santa Rosa, Calif., continues TU's string of excellent showings at the event.

"It was a national competition, so we had the chance to see the different approaches of some of the top health law schools in the country," Landolt said.

Law schools that qualified teams for the event included Boston University School of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, St. Louis University College of Law and the University of Maryland College of Law. One of the teams Anthony and Landolt defeated hailed from the nationally-renowned health law program of Georgia State University College of Law.

"Our brief was ranked as the eighth best in the country," Landolt said. "It is satisfying to know our legal writing skills are so strong, because that is something we will use all the time as lawyers."

After posting higher scores than their preliminary opponents in both categories – the written brief and oral arguments – the TU team fell to Seton Hall School of Law team. Seton Hall placed second in last year’s national competition.

"Our coaches did an incredible job preparing us for the competition, helping us write our brief and guiding us to the most important information," Anthony said. "After competing and seeing some truly great oralists and reading some phenomenal briefs, I think we can help ensure next year’s teams have every advantage."

The TU team was coached by Judge Jeffrey Wolfe, a U.S. Administrative Law Judge with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in the Social Security Administration and an adjunct faculty member. Professor Marguerite Chapman, director of the health law program, is faculty adviser to the TU teams and helped coach.

Teams from the TU College of Law have won the national health law competition twice in its 17 years, including a first-and-second finish at the 2005-06 competition. Previous TU team members have won the national best appellate brief award and the national best overall oralist award. TU teams have made the final rounds three times in the past six years.

Jimmy Hart