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45th Annual Stanley Competition Schedule

The 45th Annual Stanley Competition is under way at Wake Forest School of Law! Second year students presented On-Brief Oral Arguments during the week of October 31 – November 3 and are in the midst of presenting Off-Brief Oral Arguments this week, November 7-10.  The following is the schedule for the elimination rounds next week.

Sweet 16 Arguments  -  November 14

Elite 8 Arguments  -  November 15

Final Four Arguments  -  November 17 at 6 pm

Final Arguments  -  November 18 at 3 pm

If you would like more information on the Stanley Competition, please contact the Stanley Competition Co-Chairs, Erica Oates and Ethan White.

Wake Forest Moot Court Competes in ABA National Moot Court Competition

Elvira Nunez ’17, Matthew Cloutier ’17, and Kayleigh Butterfield ’17 will compete in the ABA National Moot Court Competition in Washington D.C. this weekend, February 24-27 in Washington D.C. The ABA National Moot Court Competition is designed with realistic focus advocacy skills. Each team is participates in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court.

This year the team’s written advocacy skills scored them fourth place overall in the brief writing competition. The Wake Forest Moot Court Board and law school community is proud of the zealous advocacy skills of Nunez, Cloutier, and Butterfield!

Tulane, Gabrielli, and ABA Moot Court Teams

The Sports Law Moot Court Team (Tee Hassold, Evan Leadem, Brooke Loucks) will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana on February 26th to participate in the Mardi Gras Sports Law Regional Competition.  The team is coached by Professor Perdue.

The Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court Team (John Blanchard, Aimee Durant, Caroline Massagee) will travel to Albany, New York on February 27th to participate in the Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Regional Competition.  The team is coached by Dean Reynolds.

The ABA Moot Court Team (Michael Bixby, Jim Miller, Pat Naples) will travel to Washington, DC on February 27th to participate in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Regional Competition.  The team is coached by Professor Niesel.

National Moot Court Team competes in Richmond

Dylan Greenwood (’13), Melissa Evett (’13), Katie Hatcher (’13), and Professor John Korzen

Melissa Evett (’13), Dylan Greenwood (’13), and Katie Hatcher (’13) competed on  behalf of Wake Forest at the National Moot Court Competition’s regional tournament on Nov. 16-17 in Richmond, Va., which was held at the Fourth Circuit’s courthouse.

Melissa Evett (’13), Dylan Greenwood (’13), and Katie Hatcher (’13) competed on  behalf of Wake Forest at the National Moot Court Competition’s regional tournament on Nov. 16-17 in Richmond, Va., which was held at the Fourth Circuit’s courthouse.

The National Moot Court Competition is one of the two most prestigious Moot Court competitions held each year, out of more than 60 hosted throughout the country.

The Richmond regional is for law schools throughout the Carolinas, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Schools may enter one or two teams.  This year a total of 22 teams entered the regional.  After two preliminary rounds on Friday, eight teams advanced to playoff rounds on Saturday.

This year’s problem involved the search of a cell phone at an “Occupy Wall Street” type of protest.  The cell phone owner, who had filmed a police officer talking to a suspected undercover officer and was about to post the video and an inflammatory statement about it, sued another officer after that officer seized and searched his cell phone.  The owner alleged that his First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights were violated.

On Friday morning, Hatcher and Greenwood argued on behalf of the officer against a team from Elon Law School.  The judges gave the Wake Forest pair an excellent oral argument score of 90.  On Friday afternoon, Evett and Greenwood argued on behalf of the cell phone owner against a team from the University of Richmond.  Evett’s fiancé and father both attended the round.  Evett and Greenwood, as the team had done in the morning round, earned an excellent oral argument score of 90.

After the Friday rounds, the top eight teams were announced, based on their “point differentials.”  The Evett/Greenwood/Hatcher team was the sixth seed (out of the 22 teams) and thereby advanced to Saturday.

It was the fourth straight year that a team from Wake Forest advanced to at least the quarterfinals.  On Saturday morning, Greenwood and Hatcher earned an oral argument score of 95, outscoring a William & Mary team that received a 91, but unfortunately the William & Mary team had a higher differential in the teams’ brief scores and therefore advanced to the semi-finals.

“Evett, Greenwood, and Hatcher all made outstanding arguments throughout the competition,” said Professor John Korzen, director of the law school’s Appellate Advocacy Clinic.  “Judges praised them for being organized, answering questions directly, and proposing a rule that was not too extreme – all qualities that will serve them well in practice.”

Members of the team said they appreciated all the helpful feedback given by Professors Marsh (who judged multiple practices), Castleman, Lentz, Morrow, C. Rose, Schneider, and Walker; by their coach Professor Korzen; by 10 alumni who helped judge practice rounds; and by classmates.