GW Reaches Semi-Finals of Claude Pepper Elder Law Competitions

Nadira Bello and Phoebe Fisher won Best Brief and reached the Semi-Finals of the Claude Pepper Elder Law Moot Court Competition at Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, FL on Friday, November 3, 2023. The topic was guardianship proceedings and exploitation under sections 744.474 and 744.359, Florida Statutes. The team was coached by adjunct professor Susan Lynch, U.S. Department of Justice, Senior Counsel for Elder Justice. Prof. Lynch simply glowed about her team, “I am so proud of them. Best brief was a huge win. Arguments were so very strong and we made it to semi-finals.” More information on this competition can be found at:

GW Reaches Semi-Finals of the National Health Law Moot Court Competition

Yolanda Heman-Ackah (Moot Court Vice President) and Matthew Mariani were Semi-finalists at the National Health Law Moot Court Competition held at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, IL on November 3-4, 2023.  The team was coached by two adjunct professors. Bryan Walsh works at Hogan Lovells where his practice includes a broad range of regulatory matters, including assisting pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients with product development, advertising and promotion, and responding to FDA enforcement actions and related government investigations.  He is a proud alum, earning his J.D. here, cum laude, in 2020.  Sarah Wicks is an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in their Technology and Life Sciences groups and a member of Life Sciences Regulatory & Compliance practice.  Prof. Walsh had this to say about their team, “Yolanda and Matt, despite having their best and highest scoring round of the competition, lost by 2 points to the top seed of the competition [in the semi-finals]. They both did exceptional and we’re gutted to lose this far in.” More information on this competition can be found at: