Wake Forest Law Moot Court team perform well at Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitational

Tee Hassold (’15), Evan Leadem (’15) and Brooke Loucks (’15) competed at the 19th Annual Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitational on Feb. 26-28.

Professor Abigail Perdue, director of the Washington Summer Judicial Externship Program, is the faculty adviser, who accompanied the Moot Court team.

“The students did an amazing job during the tournament,” Perdue said. “They handled a barrage of difficult questions very well. The judge in their final round described them as ‘one of, if not, the best team he had judged during the competition thus far.’ Perhaps more importantly, both inside and outside the courtroom, the students always exemplified the collegiality and professionalism that sets Wake Forest Law students apart. I am incredibly proud of them.”

The 19th Annual Tulane Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitational is held in conjunction with the Tulane Sports Lawyers’ Journal. The competition draws law students from some of the best law schools and moot court programs across the country, according to organizers.

Perdue also commented on the student’s individual accomplishments during the competition.

“Brooke had a very hot panel during her first argument, but she handled their barrage of difficult questions with ease and confidence,” she said. “She has a real knack for thinking on her feet.

“Tee has an innate confidence and natural rapport with judges that simply cannot be taught and Evan possessed an unparalleled mastery of the facts and case law that impressed the judges in every round.”

Leadem received an individual score of 99/100 during his second argument.  All of the students received high individual scores during several of the rounds.

Although they did not advance to the semi-finals, Perdue stated, “it was a great learning experience for all involved and an opportunity to see a vast array of oral argument styles.”

The three participants agreed on the overall postiive experience.

“We had a wonderful time in New Orleans and were especially fortunate to see the city during Mardi Gras, when it really comes alive,” explained Leadem. “In spite of the competition taking place over only a few short days, all three of us experienced tremendous growth in our oral argument and appellate advocacy skills.  The judges asked difficult questions and kept us on our toes, just like they will once we are practicing.

“We are so very thankful for the expert guidance of Professor Perdue, who supported us immensely during our preparations and as we competed,” he added. “We are also thankful to Ms. Lawren Thach for coordinating our trip logistics and to the Moot Court leadership for their administrative assistance.  Representing Wake Forest in New Orleans was a privilege and is a memory we will not soon forget!”

Loucks added that she is grateful to have been a part of the Wake Forest’s Sports Law Moot Court team.

“It was a wonderful experience all around,” she said. “Our faculty adviser, Professor Perdue, provided us with invaluable guidance and expertise throughout the entire process and the faculty devoted their time to help us prepare by serving as judges in practice sessions. I also grew both professionally and personally through working with my teammates Evan Leadem and Tee Hassold. They both show so much integrity in their work that it inspired me to work hard to help the team succeed. We are proud of our showing in New Orleans and we had a great time exploring the city!”

The competition was held in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans.

Other schools who attended the invitational included, among others, the University of California at Los Angeles  School of Law, American University Washington School of Law, New York University School of Law, Emory School of Law, and Duke School of Law.