On Friday, March 30, 2012, Widener’s two-person team of Tricia Lontz and Ryan Molitoris won the Best Petitioner’s Brief Award and advanced to the semifinal round (“the Final Four”) of the 25th Annual August A. Rendigs National Products Liability Moot Court Competition held in Cincinnati, Ohio. There were a total of twenty-two teams competing from nationally ranked law schools.
They argued in three preliminary rounds before advancing to the quarter-finals and defeating a team from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Tricia and Ryan were defeated in the semifinals by the Faulkner University Jones School of Law team that eventually won the competition.
Discussing the team’s success, Tricia said, “You can learn many things from classroom lectures, but important lessons are also learned from extracurricular experiences. I truly learned the value of what hard work and a dedicated team can do in as few as three weeks. It was encouraging to see the hard work pay off as we advanced to the semifinal round of the Rendigs National Moot Court Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio."
Ryan added, “"What a gratifying experience. The entire preparation process, culminating in a two day, intense competition among zealous advocates from law schools nationwide was both an incredible and rewarding adventure. I am grateful for having experienced such an opportunity, for the support of Widener Law School, and its altruistic faculty members who helped prepare us for the competition, and of course, for our two coaches, Professor Hemingway
and Professor Robinette
, who played an integral role in our success at the competition."
The Widener Law Community congratulates Tricia and Ryan on their wonderful accomplishments.