HNBA Pic 2Congratulations to University of La Verne College of Law’s Lauren Vogt and Veronica Hernandez, who “brought home the hardware” at the HNBA Mid-Year Corporate Counsel Conference and National Moot Court Competition in Miami, Florida.

The Hispanic National Bar Association sponsors an annual moot court competition at its Corporate Counsel Conference. Students who compete must submit a written appellate brief and then argue before a panel of judges. This year, the problem dealt with complex legal issues including the application of sentencing guidelines and enhancements.

Lauren Vogt and Veronica Hernandez successfully argued in both preliminary rounds on Thursday, April 30 against teams from DePaul Law School and Florida Coastal Law School.  The top 8 out of 32  teams then advanced to the Top 8 Quarterfinals on Friday, April 31.  Our La Verne Law team faced Loyola-Chicago in that Quarterfinal round and beat them in the “instant death” elimination round to advance to the Top 4 Semi-final round.  La Verne Law went on to beat the home-town team from University of Miami to advance to the Top Two Final Round on Saturday, March 31 against an outstanding team from Washington & Lee.  It was a nail-biter of a final round, with just a few points separating the two teams. In the end, La Verne Law took home 2nd Place Team, beating out 30 other teams participating this year.

This outcome was the result of months of hard work under the guidance of Coach Dean McVay, who did an outstanding job preparing Ms. Vogt and Ms. Hernandez for the competition. The written component necessitated long hours of legal research and writing, while the oral argument component required regular meetings to practice their arguments. In the end, however, all that hard work paid off.

Congratulations to Ms. Hernandez and Ms. Vogt, who did an amazing job and represented the University of La Verne with pride, strength, and outstanding advocacy on the national stage!

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