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Students Barber and Santiago Bring Home Moot Court Honors

Despite the fact that neither of them is a member of Mason Law's Moot Court Board, law students Emily Barber and Linda Santiago brought home honors from George Washington University's McKenna Long & Aldridge "Gilbert A. Cuneo" Government Contracts Moot Court Competition.

While most of the competitors are GWU students, outside teams do compete in this event. Barber secured an award for Excellence in Writing Advocacy, while Santiago was given an Overall Excellence award. In addition, the two were the first team outside GWU ever to advance to the semi-final rounds. 

The annual intrascholastic competition is open to JD and LLM students. Each student has the opportunity to argue both sides of a government contracts case before experienced practitioners as well as sitting judges from the Boards of Contract Appeal and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Each team submits two briefs, one for each side, which are used during oral argument questioning. The final round is argued at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the competition problem and best briefs are published each year in the Public Contract Law Journal.

Adjunct Professor Brandy Wagstaff (’09), who supervised an independent study program for Barber and Santiago and attended the semi-finals with them, spoke of the wonderful feedback the two received from the competition's two faculty advisors, saying both advisors approached her separately to compliment the pair's oral and written advocacy skills. "I was sincerely impressed with the quality and quantity of work they did, " Wagstaff said, adding that she would like to see Mason Law students continue to participate in the event in future years.