WFU Law School students undefeated at Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

Wake Forest Universty School of Law students Jimmy Byars, Nicole Dupre and Matt Cullen represented the university at the 13th annual Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at the University of Maryland on Feb.6-7. 

Wake Forest has a history of success at Stetson, and this year proved no different.  Under the guidance of Law Professor Richard Schneider, the Wake team performed brilliantly, going undefeated (5-0) throughout the preliminary rounds.  In the semifinals, the Wake team faced Cleveland State University and, while narrowly losing on the brief score, convincingly won the oral argument to secure the entire round. Byars also won Best Oralist.

Unfortunately, due to the rules, the team did not advance to the finals despite an undefeated record and winning the semifinal.  Stetson requires that each team only argue one side – the Wake team argued on behalf of the respondent.  The final pairing must match a respondent against an applicant.  After winning the semifinal, the team learned that a respondent also won the other semifinal.  Since both teams had identical records Stetson broke the tie by counting ballots from previous rounds, and because the Wake team lost one ballot from one judge in the second preliminary round, Wake did not make the finals.

"Our team nevertheless represented Wake unbelievably well," said

Matthew Monteith. "They finished undefeated. They beat the eventual champion, Cleveland State, in the semifinals. And they wrote the Third Best Brief."