by Mary Menz
First year law student Katheryn Bixler of Ouray and fellow first year student Andra Holder recently won the Oklahoma City University Law School annual Moot Court Competition. More than 30 teams participated in the simulated appeals court proceedings.
“Most law schools require their students to participate in moot court proceedings at some point,” said Bixler. “A lot of them (students) opt to present their cases to their professors only, but Andra and I are both at the top of our class and we decided it would be a bigger challenge to enter the competition instead.”
Over the course of the semester, Bixler and Holder conducted research, formulated their case and wrote briefs in preparation for their oral presentations.
“At the beginning of the semester,” explained Bixler, “we filed a motion to suppress evidence. Then we had to expand that into an appellate brief. Our arguments were based on the briefs we wrote.”
Bixler explained her team did not know until the beginning of each of the five rounds of competition which side they would be arguing. Before the competition began, Bixler wrote the appellate brief for the respondent (prosecution) and Holder wrote the brief for the petitioner (defense). During the course of the competition, they argued for the defense four times and the prosecution once.
“We had two questions,” said Bixler. “A fourth amendment constitutionality question where Andie argued that the statute in question was...