Swinburne’s top law students have battled it out in the 2016 Swinburne Law School Moot Court Grand Final.
Presenting to a judging panel led by State Coroner Sara Hinchey, the two teams were required to represent their clients in a dispute, for which they had spent weeks researching and preparing.
Foundation Dean of the Swinburne Law School, Professor Dan Hunter, and law lecturer Roger Hawthorn, were also on bench. They listened intently to each side’s arguments, questioning the teams for potential gaps or loopholes in their positions.
L-R: Professor Dan Hunter, State Coroner Sara Hinch, Roger Hawthorn
The winners were Jake Boudsocq and Joshua Firmin, who represented the plaintiffs. They successfully defended their crown, having won the inaugural Swinburne Law School Moot Competition in 2015.
Only three points separated the two teams, and the runners up were Katrina Davis and Su Lwin.
L-R: Joshua Firmin and Jake Boudsocq, Roger Hawthorn, Katrina Davis and Su Lwin
Deputy Chair of the Swinburne Law School, Dr Amanda Scardamaglia, says that the moot court setup allows students to gain experience that will be valuable as their career progresses.
“The students have developed confidence and advocacy skills that will put them in good stead for the rest of their degree and a career in practice,” Dr Scardamaglia says.
“The students have improved markedly, in just their second year of mooting. They responded well when questioned by the bench and were able to think on their feet. The students should be proud of their performance.”