Robert Molko Leads Team to Success at Chicago ALA Moot Court Competition

Professor Robert Molko led a team of students to a very successful run in the Chicago Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA) Competition the weekend of November 8. Kylie Starr, 2L, Lynet Shigg, 2L and Alex Shaaban, 2-3L, won numerous awards in the competition, including Second Place Team Overall in the competition; Alex Shaaban: Second Best Oralist Overall in the competition, First Best Oralist in the semifinals and First Best Oralist in the preliminary rounds; Kylie Starr: Second Best Oralist in the Semifinals. The competition took place at the federal courthouse in Chicago, Illinois, and each of the final and semifinal judging panels included two judges from the Illinois Court of Appeals. The fact pattern involved CIA employees leaking confidential information to foreign entities; and the issues involved the questioning of a CIA employee without giving him his Miranda rights, for the sake of national security interests, and the meaning of a code word used by the CIA co-conspirators. The team’s impressive performance led the president of the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association to invite Western State back next year.

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