By Kristine Felva P. Licup
Joining some of the best law schools in the country, the Silliman University College of Law (SU Law) made it to the semifinals of the 2013 National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) on International Humanitarian Law.
Part of the SULaw team, third year law student Katrin Canonce bested 29 oralists to bag the Best Mooter title.
A first-timer in NMCC, Canonce said she was terrified at first but the college’s faith in her “made me believe in myself.”
“At the end of the day, what matters most is what you worked hard for. The experience and learning that the team had will beat any award or trophy every single time,” she added.
The semifinal was held last Nov. 18-22 at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Atty. Karla Aguilan, one of the team coaches, said the International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition is “one of, if not the most attended moot court in the Philippines.” She added that she was proud to be a member of the last team from outside of Metro Manila to be left standing at the competition.
Aguilan added that the award is a proof that SULaw is ready to compete with the best law schools in the country.
“This is obviously shown by having constantly good performance not only in the moot court competitions but also in the bar examinations,” she added.
Aside from Aguilan and Canonce, the team was composed of senior coach Atty. Myrish Antonio, oralist Izzy Martin Maxino, alternate oralist Chiarra Cui, researchers Pie Sanchez and Carlisle Pyponco and assisting coach Micah Stefan Dagaerag.
SULaw was NMCC champion in 2010.
San Beda College bagged this year’s competition and will represent the country in the international rounds in Hong Kong.