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Strong closers

Moot court team finishes among nation’s top 20

Wheaton’s moot court team closed out the 2013-14 season with a top-20 showing at the national tournament.

Brian Jencunas ’14 and Kristin Mulvey ’14 won three straight matches at the American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA) championship meet in Tempe, Arizona to place 20th among the 88 teams that qualified for the competition.

More than 320 teams competed in regional tournaments for a chance to participate in the championship contest. Mulvey and Jencunas won their berth for the championship meet at the ACMA’s eastern regional tournament at Fitchburg State University.

“I am extremely proud of Brian and Kristin's performance at nationals,” said Jenna Lukasik Wechsler, assistant professor of political science and the team’s adviser. “I would definitely consider the environment high pressured.

“On [the first day], they competed against three teams in a row with only 15 minute breaks in between,” she said.  “That, in itself, must have been exhausting and I was very pleased that they won all three because the competition was formidable.”

The pair’s strong showing at the national competition solidifies the rapid rise of moot court competition at Wheaton, which formed its first team in 2011. Since then, the college has sent competitors to the national competition in two of the last three years. (Mulvey competed with Matthew Ossiander ’12.)

Wechsler said the key to the pair’s hard work and complementary styles of debate. Jencunas agreed, adding, “We also had excellent support from our adviser, Professor Lukasik Wechsler. Because of that, we had a complex knowledge of the legal issues but were still able to communicate during oral arguments with clear and succinct language.”