Government Contracts Moot Court Final

At the conclusion of the finals of the government contracts moot court competition, the winning team of Sylvia Yi and Victoria Hubickey (far left) and runners-up Gregory Matherne and Christopher Bell (far right) join final-round judges (left to right) Thomas C. Wheeler, Jimmie V. Reyna, and Marian Blank Horn.

A standing -room-only crowd observed and applauded the final round of the McKenna Long & Aldridge ‘Gilbert A. Cuneo’ Government Contracts Moot Court Competition, which was held in April at the Howard T. Markey National Courts Building. The finals were presided over by Judge Jimmie V. Reyna of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judges Thomas C. Wheeler and Marian Blank Horn.

The competition problem involved a fictional June 2004 design-build, cost reimbursement contract between the U.S. Shoreline Guard (USSG) and Stark Construction (Stark) for the construction of two hospitals on Targaryen Isle following a December 2003 earthquake. The finalist teams matched Christopher Bell and Gregory Matherne representing the United States against Victoria Hubickey and Sylvia Yi representing Stark Construction. 

At the post-competition reception at McKenna Long & Aldridge, Sylvia Yi and Victoria Hubickey were declared the winners. The problem and the best briefs from the competition—authored by the Bell-Matherne team and the team of Matt Heck and Locke Bell—will appear in the next issue of the Public Contract Law Journal. Isabelle Cutting was recognized for overall excellence, and Jonathan Seymour was named best oralist of the competition.

The Government Contracts Moot Court competition, open to both JD and LLM candidates, is made possible by the long-standing support of McKenna Long & Aldridge. During the spring semester, students have the opportunity to brief and argue both sides of a government contracts case in front of experienced practitioners from the private bar and government, as well as sitting judges from the various Boards of Contract Appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.