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Tuesday, March 28, 2000

UH law students
win moot court

Star-Bulletin staff


Students from the University of Hawaii law school won the National Native American Moot Court Competition for the second year in a row.

University of Hawaii The William S. Richardson School of Law hosted the competition for the first time.

Four two-member UH teams competed in the event. Michelle Kim and Aimee Davis captured the national championship, placing first in the overall team category. Georgette Concepcion and Delia Ulima tied with a Harvard team for third place. The teams of Stacey Aluag and Cindy Hironaka, and Ululani Cagle and Lea Kanehe also participated.

Forty-one teams vying for the national title gathered from 21 schools, including top Native American law programs from the Universities of New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arizona, as well as top law schools from Harvard, Yale and Stanford Universities.

The teams competed in written and oral portions on issues affecting Native Hawaiians within the context of federal Indian law such as political status, traditional gathering rights, ceded lands and the apology bill.

Judges and attorneys from Hawaii and the mainland served as competition judges. Semi-final and oral arguments were heard at the U.S. District Court.

William S. Richardson School of Law
University of Hawaii
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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