A team of Boston College Law School students emerged victorious in the National Moot Court New England Regional Championship this past weekend, advancing to the January 2022 National Rounds in New York City.
Indigo Harris, Conner Dwinell, and Kris Phipps, all 3Ls, were the unanimous choice after performing superbly in their four arguments focused on issues of federal appellate procedure and Eighth Amendment cruel and unusual punishment in the context of prisoner access to gender affirmation surgery. Dwinell took home the Best Oralist Award in the Finals, edging out his partner Harris who was second in the rankings.
The team presented their arguments before a panel of judges comprised of Robert Cordy, retired Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; Hon. Gary Hicks from the New Hampshire Supreme Court; Hon. Debra A. Squires-Lee from the Massachusetts Superior Court; and Joan Lukey ’74, past president of the American College of Trial Lawyers and Best Oralist on BC Law School’s 1974 National Championship Team. The judges did not know what schools were competing before them, judging solely on the excellence and effectiveness of each team’s arguments.
The National Moot Court Team at BC Law is coached by Adjunct Professor Thomas Carey ’65.