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Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition

The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition was founded in 1993 and is sponsored by the National Asian Pacific American Law Foundation and Judicial Council. The Competition honors the late Judge Thomas Tang, a champion of individual rights, an advocate for the advancement of minority attorneys, and an ardent supporter of the moot court competition. Judge Tang served on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1977 until his passing in 1995. Judge Tang’s wife, Dr. Pearl Tang, continues the legacy and participates every year.

Winners of the regional rounds advance to the national rounds. The Competition is open to all students but especially designed to reach out to Asian law students and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their writing and oral advocacy skills, students compete for scholarships totaling $10,000 generously sponsored by the Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

During the 2009-2010 academic year, Tara Shekle and Pat Jan placed First at Regionals and were Semi-Finalists at the National Competition. Additionally, Tara Shekle won Best Oralist at the National Competition. In 2009, Aman Ansari and Ghazal Sharifi placed second at the regional level and advanced to the national round. In 2007 Gautham Kaveti and Karl Muth placed Third at Regionals and won Third Best Brief. At Nationals, Kaveti and Muth placed Third and won Second Best Brief.

2018-2019 National Competition Team

Team: Thushan Sabaratnam & Shiyuan Zhang
Coach: Professor Joanne Simboli Hodge
Award: Best Brief

2016-2017 National Competition Teams

Team: Ishita Saran & Corey Varma
Coach: Tara Shelke
Award: Champions (Regionals), Best Brief, Best Oralist (Varma); Quarterfinalists (Nationals), Second Best Brief

Team: Jordannah Bangi & Chathan Vemuri
Coach: Christopher G. Evers
Award: Semifinalists (Regionals), Second Best Brief

2015-2016 National Competition Team

Team: Mary Cole & Ishita Saran
Coach: Tara Shelke

2013-2014 National Competition Team

Team: William Nguyen & Priyavathi Reddy
Coach: Tara Shelke

2012-2013 National Competition Team

Team: A. Andrew Makhlouf & Rishi Jain
Coach: Tara Shelke
Award: Semifinalists (Regionals), Best Brief (Regionals), 2nd Best Oralist (Makhlouf)

2011-2012 National Competition Team

Team: Harini Ganesh & Shirley Lydia San
Coach: Tara Shelke
Award: 2nd Place, 3rd Best Brief

2010-2011 National Competition Team

Team: Matthew Chan & Elizabeth Homsy
Coach: Tara Taylor Bernstein