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Sandra Rohrstaff presents award at 2011 Spong Tournament


Posted on Feb 20, 2011

Sandra Rohrstaff, Immediate Past President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) presented the awards for the Runner Up and Best Oralist at the conclusion of the 40th annual William B. Spong Moot Court Tournament in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Moot court competitions are tournaments in which teams from law schools present appellate arguments before panels of judges. In each round, the winning team advances to the next round -- kind of like a basketball tournament. Moot court competitions are held all around the country, and each tournament presents law students with a problem written just for the specific tournament that the competitors must brief and argue. This year's Spong Tournament problem concerned a fictional piece of federal legislation that would remove the cost-of-living adjustment for federal judges. The problem raised difficult Constitutional issues, including separation of powers.

Both federal and state judges and justices from all over the United States support the Spong Tournament by volunteering their time to judge and rate the fine students who compete in this tournament. VTLA is proud to have been a strong supporter and sponsor of the competition for many years. Many of VTLA's finest lawyers also volunteer their time to act as judges for the competition.

The Best Oralist Award is given to the comeptitor who is rated by the judges to have had the best oral presentation throughout the comeptition. This year's Best Oralist was Mark Kogan from American University's Washington College of Law, and the runner up was Jonathan Young from Regent University School of Law. Congratulations to them, and to all the competitors.

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