Posted: February 13th, 2015 | By: Georgia Sullivan
The members of the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot Court team won the North American Regional Competition during the weekend of Feb. 6-8, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The moot court team, led by Professor John Knox, is composed of law students Elissa Hachmeister (’16), Ashley Sims (’16) and Emily Singer (’16). They will now advance to the International Finals held at Stetson College of Law on April 16-18, 2015.
Wake Forest Law’s moot court team was undefeated at the North American Regional Competition, sweeping in the three early rounds and winning both the semi-finals and finals. “The team also won Best Brief, a notable achievement in the overall competition,” say Professor Knox. “Along the way, they beat last year’s overall champion, UC-Hastings.”
In addition, Sims was awarded the distinguished title of Best Oralist and was described by one judge as “unruffleable.”
The moot court team will now advance to the International Finals at Stetson University, where they will compete against teams from all over the world. The 19th Annual International Moot Court Competition is a truly international competition — last year’s 2014 semi-finalists included teams from India, Ireland and the Philippines. The team will take the Wake Forest flag to Miami on the weekend of April 16-18 to take on their competition to debate on the topic of Shark Finning and Trade Restrictions.
“Congratulations all,” said Professor Laura Graham, the university’s Pre-Law adviser. ”What a great experience the international competition in Miami will be. Thank you for representing Wake Forest so brilliantly.”
Knox thanked all of the faculty members and students who helped the team prepare: Luellen Curry, Laura Graham, Mark Hall, Bill Marsh, Sidney Shapiro, George Walker, Zachary Dunn and J.D. Wooten.
Learn more at the Stetson Law International Moot Court Competition website