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      Capital Law's Moot Court Team For the second time in three years, Capital’s ABA National Moot Court Team is going to the National Finals.

      The team of Sarah Ingles (3L) and Christopher St. Pierre (3L) was one of only four teams out of 32 at last week’s regional competition in Chicago to advance to the National Finals. The finals will be held April 5-7 in Washington, D.C.

      Ingles and St. Pierre defeated Detroit Mercy and Chicago Kent in the preliminary rounds, before going on to sweep the semifinal and final rounds against very strong teams from Stetson and Loyola of Chicago, respectively. Both Ingles and St. Pierre received praise from all of the judges, with St. Pierre being officially recognized as the ninth-best oralist. This year’s problem concerns whether the Americans with Disabilities Act requires law enforcement officers to accommodate the disabilities of mentally disabled persons when interacting with them in a criminal investigation.

      A second team of Emily Anstaett (3L) and David Pelletier (3L) also competed in Chicago and delivered fierce arguments against some of the strongest teams in the region, including a sweeping defeat of Detroit Mercy in the final round.

      The teams were supported by moot court fellows Christopher Begin (1L) and Sarah Brown (1L), each of whom provided critical support at the competition. Brown stepped in for a team member whose plane had been grounded due to fog and, on an hour’s notice, delivered a quality first-round argument that kept the team’s hopes alive. This is the team that ultimately made it to the finals.

      Coaching the teams for the third time this year are John Sauter (L’11) of Cloppert Latanick Sauter & Washburn and Jared Klaus of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur.

      In addition to the ABA National Team that will be going to the finals in early April, Capital Law School has three additional moot court teams that will be competing in March: The Child Welfare and Adoption Law Team; the Criminal Law Team; and the Labor and Employment Law Team.