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, Va., on Nov. 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 No. 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 two points, but they needed to win by four 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 one point, but 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 five 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 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 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.