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Pictured at the 2019 Traynor after Sunday's final argument on April 7 at JFK Law School in Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Back row: judges for the final round were Hon. Helen E. Williams, Justice Alison M. Tucher, and Justice Igancio J. Ruvolo (Ret.)

Front row: the team from Empire Law School, comprised of Natalie Albanna, Eric Smith, and Richard Horrell, took second place in the final;

Chantelle Stewart of Trinity Law School was named Best Oralist,

and the team from UC Berkeley, comprised of Sebastien Wadier and Jenna Zhang, won the final argument, taking the 2019 Traynor Award

Roger J. Traynor Award

Best Oral Argument

First Place 

U.C. Berkeley College of Law


Second Place

Empire College School of Law



Excellence in

Appellate Advocacy Award

(Best Combined

Brief & Oral Argument)


First Place

U.C. Berkeley

Second Place

Empire College School of Law

All photos by Ben Glassman

From top to bottom: the team from Berkeley (Jenna Zhang and Sebastien Wadier), Traynor Administrator Miriam Billington with Best Oralist Chantelle Stewart, and the team from Empire (Natalie Albanna, Eric Smith, and Richard Horrell). Watch the final round here:


Best Oralist

Chantelle Stewart, Trinity


Individual Merit Awards

for Oral Argument

Emily Pincin, Loyola

Samantha Williamson, San Joaquin

Bryan Delgado, McGeorge

Eric Smith, Empire


Best Brief


First Place

U.C. Berkeley


Second Place



2019 Traynor Final Round

Film by Ben Glassman

Many thanks to our 2019 sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor: 

Esner Chang and Boyer 

Bronze Sponsors: 

Robert Miller, Honoring Nicholas Miller

Horvitz & Levy LLP 

Law Offices of Honey Kessler Amado

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