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Wake Forest Trial and Moot Court Teams Make Strong Showings in Spring Competitions

The exceptional advocacy talents of Wake Forest students have been on display at various trial and moot court competitions during the  spring semester.  Of course, the participating students, along with supporting faculty members and coaches, have invested large amounts of time and energy throughout the year to yield successful and praiseworthy results at each competition.

The National Moot Court Team of Dave Cole, Megan Johnson and Bryce Landier swept the regional competition in Richmond, Virginia in November, as well as winning top awards for the best oralist and best brief.  In early February, this outstanding trio competed in the national rounds in New York City, making it to the Final Four.  They ultimately lost a close round to Drake University in the semi-final round.  The team and its advisor, Professor Charles Rose, logged countless hours of preparation prior to the competition (even over our Winter Break) and were outstanding appellate advocates and representatives of Wake Forest at the national level.

The National Trial Team won the regional competition that was held at WFU School of Law in early February and is slated to compete in the national competition in San Antonio, Texas in late March.  The winning regional team members were Bill Morgan, J.D. McAllister, Julie Davis, and Charley Gould.  Members of WFU’s second team, Katie Short, Matt Baldwin and Candice Garcia,  also performed admirably.  These students, their coaches, Danielle Williams JD, MBA ’96 and Stephanie Reese JD ’96, and their faculty advisor, Professor Carol Anderson, prepared for months for the competition.  This preparation yielded exceptional results against extremely tough competition from other schools. 

The Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court Team represented Wake Forest well in Albany, New York in late February.  J.D. McAllister, Adam Costa and Emma Merritt made it though to the quarterfinals where they lost in a very close round to the team from Florida State, the ultimate winner of the competition.  Professor Suzanne Reynolds, who advises and coaches the team, described the performance of the Wake Forest team as "fabulous". 

The Jessup International Law Moot Court Team of Josh Kimsey, D.J. O’Brien, Megan Shafer, Brett Shumate and Keith Taylor  won second place in the East Region Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition at Ohio State University at the beginning of March.  The team’s two briefs, researched and written jointly by the team, won second place honors.  Brett Shumate was adjudged best advocate, and Josh Kimsey won sixth place advocacy honors among over 40 competitors.  Once again, this team, advised by Professor George Walker, demonstrated excellent advocacy skills and were great representatives of Wake Forest.

The National Sports Law Team of Andrew Irby, Brad Austin and Maureen Carr competed recently (during Mardi Gras!!) at  the Tulane Mardi Gras National Invitational Sports Law Competition.  Andrew Irby receive the award for second place oralist and the team received the top award for the best brief submitted in the competition.  The team performed admirably and advanced to the quarterfinals in oral arguments.  This team and its advisor, Professor Don Castleman, are to be commended for the strong oral and written advocacy skills displayed during this highly competitive event.

Wake Forest School of Law congratulates all of its teams for their outstanding performances this semester.  Their professionalism in preparation and delivery showcased Wake Forest students as some of the finest trial and appellate advocates in the country.  We salute students, coaches and faculty advisors for a job well done!