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POWERHOUSE. Ateneo emerged as the champions in the Stetson Moot Southeast Asian Regional Rounds. The final match was judged by Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Marvic Leonen, and Ateneo School of Government Dean Antonio La Viña. The Team will fly to Florida this April. Photo by Atty. Patrick Perillo

Ateneo Stetson Team sweeps regional rounds; advances to Florida

The Ateneo Law School further cements its position as a powerhouse in moot court competitions, as a team comprised of Ateneo Society of International Law (ASIL) members emerged as champions in the 2014 Southeast Asian Regional Rounds of the International Environmental Moot Court Competition (IEMCC), more known as the Stetson moot.

Ateneo Team B—comprised of Mike Gerald David (4A), Perpetua Calliope Ngo (3A), Mary Grace Hicban (2D), and Cham Mercado (2D)—beat a team from the University of the Philippines College of Law in the championship match held on January 9, 2015 at the UP Malcolm Hall. The team was coached by Attys. Patrick Simon Perillo (J.D., 2008) and Marvin Haduca (J.D., 2013).

The team’s victory was made sweeter by the fact that the members of the panel of judges for the final round—Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio, Associate Justice Marvic F. Leonen, and Ateneo School of Government Dean Antonio M. La Viña—all hailed from UP Law. Mercado and Hicban graciously argued for the applicant side on a topic concerning the protection of Mako sharks and economic development among States.

Meanwhile, Ateneo Team A, comprised of Carlo Gabriel Sanchez (4C), David Rosario (3A), Alyssa Sheena Tan (3A), and Samantha Tan (2D) made it to the semifinals. Attys. Luz Danielle Bolong (J.D., 2011) and Bettina Melchor (J.D., 2013) coached the team.

This year’s regional round was held at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus from January 6-9, 2015. Twelve teams coming from the different law schools in the Southeast Asian Region participated, including teams from Vietnam and Thailand. The teams were judged based on their written memorial and oral argumentation (1/3 and 2/3 of the score, respectively).

The first two days of competition kicked off with the preliminary rounds, which both Ateneo teams breezed through. Of the eight teams which competed in the quarterfinals, Ateneo-B ranked first while Ateneo-A placed third. Both teams advanced to the semifinals, with Ateneo-A going head-to-head against UP Law, and Ateneo-B facing University of Cebu.

Finalists Ateneo-B and UP Law will fly to Gulfport, Florida this April to represent the Southeast Asian Region in the world championships annually held in Stetson University. Moot court rivals Ateneo and UP also faced each other during last year’s regional championship, with the match ending up as a tie.

However this year, Ateneo surely dominated the competition. Aside from being proclaimed regional champions, it bagged awards for Best Memorial (Ateneo-B) and Best Oralist in the Final Round (Hicban). Ateneo also ruled the preliminary rounds with Hicban and Rosario taking home the 2nd Best Oralist and 5th Best Oralist in the Preliminary Rounds, respectively.

All team members and coaches are part of ASIL, which facilitated the runoffs and training rounds of the Ateneo-Stetson teams. Ateneo, through ASIL, has been continuously recognized for its participation in the Stetson moot, taking home the First Runner-Up trophy for the Stetson international rounds in 2007. Thereafter, it has consistently qualified for the international rounds, and bagged Best Memorial and Best Speaker awards for its superior environmental law advocacy. P

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