NORMAN, Okla. –Morgan Vastag (’21) began a clerkship with the Honorable Silvia Carreño-Coll of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico after leaving OU Law and taking the bar. After her time with Judge Carreño-Coll, she intends to clerk on a U.S. Court of Appeals. Vastag credits her experiences competing on moot court teams at OU Law with setting her up for future successes.
“Professor Smotherman has an incredible gift for placing students onto teams that give them a high chance of success,” Vastag said. “I was lucky to argue in front of many excellent, well-prepared judges who asked me difficult questions that I had not encountered before.”
Vastag appreciated the difficult questions, saying she believes they gave her the best chance to test her ability.
“They (moot court competitions) are the best opportunity to test my knowledge and skills, and the questions tend to give rise to the most authentic moments in each round.”
The Moot Court Program at OU Law taught Vastag important skills that she says every student must have, regardless of what they want to do with their law degrees.
“No matter where my career takes me, I know that I will be better prepared because of our moot court program.”
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