March 01, 2022

soter_photo.jpegEach year, eligible students representing six law schools from the Washington, D.C., area are invited to compete in the D.C. Cup Moot Court Competition hosted by the D.C. Bar. The D.C. Cup is the D.C. Bar’s annual moot court competition. The D.C. Cup focuses on confronting topics of federal law and issues that are distinctly pertinent to the nation’s capital.

Over two Fridays, February 18 and February 25, teams competed in two preliminary rounds and a final round of oral arguments—the latter being held in front of a three-judge panel comprised of two sitting D.C. appellate court judges and the President of the D.C. Bar, Ellen M. Jakovic. After rounds of intense competition, Catholic Law second-year student Samantha Soter was named “Best Oralist.”

Proud of her experience in the competition, Soter shared some final thoughts on the weekend. "The D.C. Bar Association hosted a great competition. The problem this year centered on a theme of human dignity as we analyzed the extent of the role of websites as places of public accommodations under the D.C. Human Rights Act. It was a very thought-provoking issue that I thoroughly enjoyed researching and arguing."