ABA Moot Court Team wins National Appellate Advocacy Competition regional finals in Washington, D.C., move on to nationals in April

The ABA Moot Court Team of Elizabeth Ruocco (’16), Mackenzie Salenger (’16) and Kaitlin Price (’16) won regionals of the National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Washington, D.C., which was held Feb. 19-21, 2015. The team won preliminary rounds against Pennsylvania State and Charleston law schools before advancing to the semi-finals, where they swept the judges in a round against American University. The team then went on to win their final round against the University of Alabama. The judges noted the team’s impressive advocacy skills, polished style and encyclopedia knowledge of the law and issues.

“Throughout the entire competition the team displayed the competency, professionalism, and enthusiasm that are so closely associated with Wake Forest,” said Professor Zoe Niesel (’12). “They were excellent ambassadors for the school’s name and reputation.”

They will now advance to the national round of the competition, which will be held in Chicago on April 9-10.

The Wake Forest Moot Court Board seeks to assist students in their development of effective appellate advocacy skills. Moot Court creates opportunities for students to develop effective legal research skills, draft persuasive appellate briefs, and deliver oral arguments through their participation in various intramural and interscholastic appellate advocacy competitions.