Professor John Korzen (JD ’91) presents at LWI Moot Court Conference, argues at North Carolina Supreme Court

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Professor John Korzen (JD ’91) capped off a busy April by presenting at the Legal Writing Institute’s Second Biennial Moot Court Conference on April 29, 2017. The conference was hosted by John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Attending were faculty Moot Court advisers from more than 40 law schools from around the country, including the nation’s top Moot Court programs.

Professor Korzen’s presentation was entitled, “Ten Ways Law School Moot Court Oral Arguments Differ From Appellate Court Oral Arguments.” In his presentation, Professor Korzen first stressed how the similarities between Moot Court oral arguments and real appellate court oral arguments far outweigh the differences. He then described 10 differences and their implications for law students participating in Moot Court competitions and young attorneys in practice. He also submitted a 7,000-plus word paper on the topic.

Earlier in the month, Professor Korzen argued to the North Carolina Supreme Court in Raleigh, in the case of Town of Beech Mountain v. Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary, Inc. Defendant Genesis is a client of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic and a non-profit corporation that cares for injured wildlife and educates the public about wildlife. After the plaintiff sued Genesis for an alleged breach of lease in 2012, Genesis filed various counterclaims, including a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 that the plaintiff had violated Genesis’ rights to substantive due process under the United States Constitution by passing an irrational ordinance that targeted Genesis for no justifiable reason.

A jury found in favor of Genesis on that counterclaim in 2014; the plaintiff appealed; Genesis retained the appellate clinic; and in 2016 the North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed by a vote of 2 to 1, which allowed the plaintiff to appeal to the North Carolina Supreme Court. Appellate clinic students Taylor Anderson (JD ’17) and Drew Culler (JD ’17) researched and drafted the brief for Genesis and attended the oral argument, which was held on April 10. Also in attendance were the President and two other officers of Genesis and their trial counsel, Charles Brady (JD ’81).