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Mason Law Students "Secure" a Big Win

Mason Law Moot Court Board members Leland Jones and Whitney Rolig, both 2Ls, locked up a first-place victory in this year's George Washington University National Security Law Moot Court Competition, held February 23 and 24 in Washington, DC. The duo faced competition from 16 other teams, including entrants from Harvard, UVA, and GWU. Jones and Rolig edged out competitors from Southwestern Texas in the semifinal and final rounds to win the event. The case argued involved the constitutionality of appropriations legislation limiting troop levels and mandating use of specified body armor in a congessionally authorized war in the Republic of Kumiristan.

Commenting on Jones's and Rolig's victory, Moot Court advisor Ernie Isenstadt noted the two were among the first Moot Court Board members to watch website playbacks of their practice sessions made on the new equipment in Room 122. "The value of the new equipment was reflected in their very polished performances," said Isenstadt.

"Ernie has been a great advisor to Moot Court, Dean Daniel Polsby added, saying, "Thanks in no small part to his talent and dedication, we have scored some big wins in recent years."

George Washington University has run the National Security Law Competition every other year until now. This was the third time in the past four contests (going back to 2002) that a Mason Law team has taken first place.

Rolig enjoyed the competition and echoed Polsby's sentiments regarding Isenstadt's involvement in the moot court program. "It was a lot of fun to have an interesting problem and judges who were so well versed in defense and national security issues," she said. "Having such a supportive advisor and Moot Court Board really made a difference, and I'm so excited that we were able to finish out a great experience with a win."

Judges for the final round panel included Judge Richard Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; Rear Admiral James McPherson, Retired, formerly Judge Advocate General of the Navy; and Colonel Annamary Sullivan, Associate Judge on the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals.