Competition Results

Wake Forest Team Competes in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The Wake Forest International Law Moot Court team competed in the Midwestern Regional of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, held February 9-12.  The competition was hosted at Chicago Kent College of Law in Chicago, IL.

A total of 24 teams competed, including Wake Forest’s team participants Nick Harper, Kelley Chan, Emma Maddux, Candace Johnson, and Kathryn Hatcher.

Kathryn Hatcher (’13), Kelley Chan (’13), Candace Johnson (’13), Emma Madduc (’13), and Nicke Harper (’13)

The Wake Forest team faced some tough competitors in its preliminary rounds, including last year’s Midwestern Regional Champion, Case Western Reserve University.  Additionally, the team had to incorporate and deal with a new case from the International Court of Justice, which released an opinion critical to the competition just one week before it began.

While the judges were very impressed with the team’s advocacy skills and knowledge of this year’s complex problem, they did not advance past the preliminary rounds.  Despite not moving forward, the team received a number of very positive comments from the judges.  Additionally, Candace Johnson received 16th place out of all of the oralists.

Although the team did not advance, they gained a lot from the trip and the interactions with other teams.  Team participant Kelley Chan explained, “despite the fact that our competitive journey was cut short, we’re all thankful to have had this experience and grateful for the help and support of our professors and the Wake community.”

Wake Forest Team Competes in the Stetson International Moot Court Competition

Moot Court Team Anna Dowdy ('13), Andrew Smith ('13) and Morgan McCall ('13)

The Wake Forest International Environmental Moot Court Team competed in the Stetson International Moot Court Competition hosted by the American University Washington School of Law.  There were 9 teams in the Atlantic Regional Competition from as far away as Trinidad, including Wake Forest’s team participants Anna Dowdy, Morgan McCall and Andrew Smith.

In the preliminary round the Wake Forest team beat Maryland and Pace, but then lost to William and Mary in the third preliminary round.  However, despite the team’s 2-1 standing their high scores moved them on to the semi-finals where they beat George Washington University

The Wake Forest Team lost in the finals to William and Mary, but will go on to the International Final Round March 29-31, 2012, at Stetson University College of Law, in Gulfport, Florida.  Congratulations to the Wake Forest Team on a great competition!

Wake Forest Teams Compete in the National Moot Court Competition regional

Two teams of Wake Forest Moot Court members competed in the National Moot Court Competition regional in Richmond, Virginia on November 18-19.  A total of 24 teams entered the Richmond regional, with the top two advancing to the national finals.

The team consisting of Andrew Berrier, Alex Lutz, and Zoe Niesel made it to the semifinals – one step away from advancing to New York – before falling to the regional winner, a team from William & Mary.  The Berrier/Lutz/Niesel team went 2-0 in the preliminary rounds and was seeded #2 of the 10 teams that advanced.  The team then beat a team from George Mason to advance to the next round, where they faced William & Mary.

They won the oral argument by 2 points, but they needed to win by 4 to overcome William & Mary’s higher brief score.  Then, by virtue of having the best score of any of the losing teams, they had a rematch with William & Mary in the semi-finals.  They again won the oral argument, but by 1 point, not enough to overcome William & Mary’s higher brief score.  For the tournament, the Berrier/Lutz/Niesel team won the oral argument portion of all 5 matches and finished 3-2, with both narrow losses to the eventual winner of the regional.  One of the regional organizers said he heard from several teams that the Wake Forest team had the best advocates at the regional.

The team of Katie Heath, Wade Sample, and David Senter also performed very well.  They unfortunately did not advance, after losing two matches very narrowly, by less than a point to a team from UNC and less than two points to a team from Louisville.  Both of those teams went 2-0 and advanced to the playoff rounds.  Both Wake Forest teams fought hard and, most importantly, fought fair, and they gained a lot from the experience.

Kelley Chan (’13) wins 40th Annual Stanley Moot Court Competition

Kelley Chan  (’13) is the winner of the final round of the 40th annual Stanley Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Wake Forest University School of Law Moot Court Board.

40th Annual Stanley Moot Court Competition Finalists Morgan McCall ('13) and Kelley Chan ('13)

Morgan McCall (’13) represented the appellee, the United States of America, versus Chan, who represented the appellant, Megan Keane.

This year’s panel judges also included the Honorable Andre Davis, judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit; the Honorable Robert Conrad, judge, U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina; and the Honorable Patrick Auld, magistrate judge, U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina.

”I know excellence when I see it and I saw it here today,” Davis said  following the oral arguments held on Friday, Nov. 18, in the Worrell Professional Center. “The strongest oral argument I observed last year on the court was an argument from a Wake Forest law student for the Appellate Advocacy Clinic.”

Conrad added, “You both were awesome. I think both of you did a really good job of coming in with the things you wanted to say but then responding to judges’ questions.”

Competition chairpersons were Naomi Huntington (’12) and Jessica Rutledge (’12).

Adam White (’13) was named best oralist and the winner of the James C. Berkowitz Award, which was presented by his sister, Ella Berkowitz and his niece. James died in a car accident when he was returning to the law school to argue in the quarterfinals of the 1984 Stanley Competition. McCall was runner-up for best oralist.

McCall  received the award for best brief. Runner-up for best brief was EmilySchwebke.

The intramural moot court competition is named in honor of the late Judge Edwin M. Stanley, a distinguished Wake Forest alumnus and supporter, who served as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina from 1958-1968.

A description of this year’s problem follows.

United States of America vs. Megan Keane

On May 15, 2011, in Canaveral National Seashore, United States Park Ranger Richard Green discovered that someone had desecrated a sign at an entrance to the park by spray painting over it. In black paint, someone had covered the word “Seashore” and painted “Oil Field.” Ranger Green suspected the perpetrator was nearby, because he had seen the sign undamaged a short time before.

Ranger Green stopped the Jeep he was driving. He heard movement, and went around a nearby sand dune where he encountered a short young woman with red hair who he later determined to be Ms. Megan Keane. Because Ms. Keane appeared nervous and had spray paint on her fingers, Ranger Green arrested her for injuring government property.

Ranger Green took Ms. Keane back to the Jeep and had her wait outside it while he searched for his copy of “Miranda” rights. He found the rights, read them to Ms. Keane, had her sit in the passenger seat, and drove to his office, which was about two miles away. At his office, Ranger Green asked Ms. Keane for her identification to complete the paperwork for her arrest. She handed him a Florida driver’s license with an Orlando address.

Ranger Green then asked Ms. Keane for permission to search her backpack. Ms. Keane refused, shaking her head. Ranger Green seized the backpack anyway, and in the main pocket, found a can of red spray paint. He did not find a can of black spray paint, and thought that Ms. Keane might have thrown it behind the dune where he found her.

In a smaller pocket of the backpack, Ranger Green found a Droid Charge cell phone with a touch screen and internet access. At this point, approximately one and a half hours after the arrest, Ranger Green searched her phone. He believed Ms. Keane might have taken photos of the defaced sign, which would provide evidence of the crime. Ranger Green asked for Ms. Keane’s permission to search the phone, but as with the backpack, she shook her head no.

Ms. Keane’s cell phone was not locked or password protected. Officer Green opened the photographs icon, and scanned all the photos, between 50 and 100 in all, but found nothing relating to the spray painted sign. Surprised that he found no photographic evidence, Ranger Green continued on to scan the text messages. The most recent text message caught Ranger Green’s eye, because it said “got to go.” Opening that message, he then saw a history of several related messages, including one that read, “don’t drill baby remember mr bigg.”

When Ranger Green saw this message, he began to suspect Ms. Keane of involvement in the highly publicized and recent kidnapping of Henry Potter, CEO of Bigg Oil Company in Orlando. Online, Ranger Green looked at news reports of the Potter kidnapping, including Potter’s statement that, before he was blindfolded, he noticed that one of the suspects was a short young woman with red hair. Ranger Green also knew that the kidnapping had occurred in Orlando, and that Ms. Keane’s driver’s license had an Orlando address. He contacted authorities in Orlando. Further evidence was obtained linking Ms. Keane to the kidnapping, and she was later indicted for both kidnapping Potter and injuring government property.

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida held that Ms. Keane’s cell phone was validly searched incident to her arrest. Ms. Keane now appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, alleging that the search of her cell phone was an unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Emma Maddux wins 40th Annual George K. Walker Competition

First-year law student Emma Maddux (’13) won the 40th annual George K. Walker Moot Court Competition at the Wake Forest University School of Law on Friday, April 15. Continue reading »

2011 Billings, Exum, & Frye National Competition Results

On April 1-2, 2011, two teams from the Wake Forest University School of Law competed in the Inaugural Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition.  Named for the three immediate past Chief Justices of North Carolina, including Wake Forest’s own Rhoda Billings, the Competition was held at Elon Law School in Greensboro. Continue reading »

2011 Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Competition Results

The Wake Law team of Phillip Ross, Heath Tripp, and Matt Antonelli competed in the Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Moot Court Competition this past week, March 2-4, 2011. Continue reading »

Wake Law Wins Best Brief at Gabrielli Family Moot Court Competition

Katie Morton, Matt Pagett, and Craig Principe represented Wake Forest Moot Court in the 23rd Annual Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court competition at Albany Law School over the weekend. Continue reading »

Wake Law Wins 2011 Jessup International Moot Court Super Regional

The Wake Forest University School of Law team won the South Super Regional Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Houston, Texas, defeating the University of Virginia School of Law team in the championship round on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. Continue reading »

2011 International Environmental Law Competition

Andrew Berrier, Jessica Rutledge, and Katie Heath represented Wake Forest Moot Court in the 15th Annual International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Stetson University College of Law, January 21-22, 2011. Continue reading »