Posted: April 5th, 2018 | By: Lisa Snedeker
Tim Misner (JD ’20) of Chicago, Illinois, won the 47th annual George K. Walker Moot Court Competition final round on Thursday, April 5, 2018, in the Worrell Professional Center.
Misner argued in opposition of Tristan Meagher (JD ’20), who was the other finalist in the competition. Meagher is a native of Baltimore, Maryland.
The final round showcases the top two first-year law students in the moot court competition. Arguing a fictitious tort claim, Misner represented claimant Colleen Crain and Meagher represented respondent Revere Academy.
The distinguished panel of judges included the Honorable Michael L. Robinson, Special Superior Court Judge, North Carolina Business Court; the Honorable Catherine Eagles, U.S. District Court Judge, Middle District of North Carolina; and Academic Dean Jonathan Cardi.
Leading up to the event, which is held each spring for first-year law students, students wrote a brief and argued twice, once “on-brief” and once “off-brief.” After two weeks, 16 students were invited to join Moot Court, and competed in the following week in an elimination tournament leading up to the final round.
Misner was not the only student to take home an award. Distinctions for Best Brief, Best Oralist and the Debbie Parker Memorial Moot Court Service Award were also awarded. Meagher won Best Brief with Samuel Gilleran (JD ’20) as the runner-up and Cassidy Webb (JD ’20) won Best Oralist with Misner named runner-up. Brittany Wages (JD ’18) and Ashley Barton (JD ’18) were presented with the Debbie Parker Memorial Moot Court Service Award.
The 2017 Walker Moot Court Competition co-chairs were Barton, Wages, Daniel McClurg (JD ’18), and Brooke Boutwell (JD ’18). The Moot Court Board is made up of Chief Justice Emily Lagan (JD ’18), Associate Chief Justice Vanessa Garrido (JD ’18) and Marshall Kyle Mirabelli (JD ’18).
For 46 years, the Wake Forest Moot Court Board has conducted a moot court competition for first-year law students. In 1998, the Moot Court Board named this competition the George K. Walker Moot Court Competition in honor of Professor Walker’s long-standing support of the Wake Forest Moot Court program.
The Debbie Parker Moot Court Service Award is an honor granted to either a member of the Moot Court Board or a participant in the Walker Moot Court Competition who exemplifies throughout the competition a spirit of dedication and service to Wake Forest University School of Law, as well as compassion and cooperation with his or her fellow students.
The George K. Walker Moot Court Competition is the first chance for law students to join the Wake Forest Moot Court Board. It is a competition strictly for first-year students and works hand-in-hand with Wake Forest’s Legal Analysis, Writing and Research (LAWR) program. The Walker Competition is held in the spring, once the first year students have finished their final LAWR II briefs.
Once in the competition, the competitors’ scores are based on brief scores and oral argument scores. The competitors argue two appellate arguments, the first arguing the position of their Legal Research and Writing brief and the second of the opposing position. Moot Court members score each competitor’s brief and both oral arguments. The final competitor score is based equally on the brief and oral argument score.
The top 16 competitors are invited to join the Moot Court Board. At its discretion, the board also takes honorable mention finishers who demonstrated exceptional writing or oral advocacy skills during the preliminary rounds. The 16 competitors then argue in elimination rounds, with the written brief score counting less in each round. The final competitor becomes the George K. Walker Moot Court champion. A list of the past winners is located on the Moot Court website.
This competition is named after Professor Walker, who founded the intramural moot court competitions at Wake Forest. Professor Walker also teaches Admiralty, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Federal Jurisdiction, International Law and National Security Law. He joined the Wake Forest law faculty in 1972 and was promoted to professor in 1977.