Wake Forest Law team advances to knockout rounds in ABA NAAC Moot Court Competition on Feb. 23-27 in Philadelphia

Three Wake Forest Law students competed in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competition over the weekend of Feb. 23-25, 2017, in Philadelphia.

Zack Young (JD/MBA ’18), Evan Weltge (JD ’18) and Kyle Mirabelli (JD ’18) wrote and argued the hypothetical appeal of a Title IX claim that determined the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretations of Title IX issued by the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, says Professor Barbara Lentz, who coached the students prior to the competition.

Professor Lentz wrote in an email, “On the first day of the competition, the Trump administration withdrew the Obama administration’s determination that Title IX applied to gender identity. The students adapted and updated their arguments in response to the shifting legal ground. Young, Weltge and Mirabelli advanced to knock out rounds.”

Lentz added the team wishes to thank the following individuals who consulted with the team or judged practice rounds: Dr. Penny Rue, Vice President for Campus Life; Jessica Harris Telligman, Deputy Title IX Coordinator; Professor Sidney Shapiro; Professor Margaret Taylor; Professor John Korzen; Professor Ron Wright; Professor Meghan Boone; Professor Abigail Purdue; Professor Tanya Marsh; Professor Laura Graham; Dylan Greenwood (JD ’13); Sarah Remes (JD ’17) and Matt Cloutier (JD ’17).

“It was my pleasure to work with Zack, Evan and Kyle as their coach,” Professor Lentz said. “They represented Wake Forest very well and are going to be excellent lawyers and members of the Bar.”

The ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition allows students to gain realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors write a brief as a respondent or petitioner before arguing the case before a mock court. The ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) is a moot court competition that emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Moot court competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.