National Moot Court Team Wins Regional Competition

Displaying impressive appellate advocacy skills, the Wake Forest National Moot Court Team recently walked away with top honors in the The National Moot Court Regional IV Competition at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. Wake Forest not only won the overall competition against strong teams from across the region, but the team also won the award for Best Brief.  Team member Megan Johnson won individual accolades as the competition’s Best Oralist.  This outstanding team now advances to the final rounds of the national competition in New York City on January 31, 2005.

The Wake Forest team members are David Cole of Seattle, Washington, Bryce Landier of Yorba Linda, California, and Megan Johnson of Floyd, Virginia.  In the first round, Landier and Cole defeated a team from the University of Louisville.  In the second round, Johnson and Cole defeated a team from the University of Kentucky.  Thus, Wake Forest advanced to the quarter-finals where Johnson and Cole defeated the William & Mary (A) team.  In the semi-final round, Landier and Cole defeated the William & Mary (B) team.

In the final round Johnson and Cole argued against the George Mason University (A) team.  This argument was held in the en banc courtroom at the Fourth Circuit before an austere panel of eleven judges comprised of federal district court judges and supreme court justices from Virginia and West Virginia.

Professor Charles Rose, the team’s faculty advisor, expressed his admiration for the team: "Each of the students on this team worked very hard and represented Wake Forest in a professional manner.  They were well prepared and, in addition to authoring the best brief, they made excellent arguments in each round. As members of the Wake Forest community, we have every reason to be very proud of the National Moot Court team that represented us in Richmond…They deserve your congratulations.  Now it is on to New York!!"  Professor Rose was also quick to point out that alumni also contributed many volunteer hours to work with the team in practice arguments in the months leading to the competition.  This support clearly contributed to the team’s success.

The team member’s names will be inscribed on the E. Milton Farley, III Award which will be displayed in the Law School’s trophy case until the next competition in November 2005.  In addition, the prize for winning the Best Brief, a lovely silver tray, will also be inscribed with team member names and will be held by Wake Forest and displayed during the upcoming year. 

The arguments will be held at The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street.  This building is between Fifth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas in midtown Manhatten.

Monday January 31 at 8pm:  Wake (respondent) v. Pace
Tuesday February 1 at  8pm:  Wake (petitioner) v. Univ. of Mississippi
Wednesday February 2 at 5pm:  Top Sixteen argue in Octo-Final
Wednesday February 2 at 8pm:  Top Eight argue in Quarter-Final
Thursday February 3 at 4pm:  Top Four argue in Semi-Final Round
Thursday February 3 at 8pm:  Final Round
Go Wake!!!