The United States Consulate General in Monterrey had the pleasure of hosting the Third Moot Court competition in conjunction with the Poder Judicial of Nuevo Leon on April 6-10, 2016. This year nine team — Facultad de Libre de Derecho, Tec Mileno, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon, Universidad de Guanajuato, Universidad de Monterrey, Universidad Metropolitana de Monterrey, Universidad de Norte, y Universidad del Valle de Mexico – participated in the competition as well as other programs by the Consulate including a pre-trial preparation session and a reception at the Consulate hosted by the Consul General and a special guest from the U.S., Carlos Lopez, who served on the Dallas County courts from 1996-2003.
On March 17, a group of consular officer who practiced as lawyers before joining the Foreign Service presented a program on their experiences and perspectives about the oral advocacy system and tips for trying cases, including cross-examinations and interaction with the judge during trial.
The competition began on Wednesday April 6 with a Welcoming Ceremony at the Poder Judicial. During this event,. Lorelei Synder, Political-Econ Chief at the Consulate, spoke to the students about the importance of the competition in the promotion of the rule of law and the reformation of the judicial system in Mexico. She also told they students they should be proud because they are leaders in their communities, their states and their country.
Immediately after the Ceremony, the competition began. Each team presented the case once as the prosecutor and once as the defense attorney against other teams before a two-judge panel of judges from the Poder Judicial. The nine teams were very impressive. After two days of completion, the University of Monterrey and the University of Guanajuato advanced to the finals. The final round was excellent and both teams skillfully presented their case. The team from the University of Guanajuato won the competition but each team won by participating in the competition.
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