National Moot Court Team finishes among nation’s Sweet Sixteen

Photo of 2019 moot court team

(Winston-Salem, N.C., Feb. 7, 2019) — The National Moot Court Team upheld Wake Forest Law’s historical tradition of competitive excellence at the 2019 National Moot Court Competition by advancing and placing among the nation’s top sixteen teams. The team of third-year students, which was coached by Professor John Korzen (BA ’81, JD ’91), included Shawna Abbatiello, Ashley Bouchez, and Jonathan Patton.

Over 170 three-member teams entered the competition by competing in one of fourteen regional competitions. Like all regions throughout the U.S., Wake Forest Law’s region, which is the nation’s largest, permits the top two teams to advance to the national finals.

“Wake Forest advanced to the national finals this November after a heroic effort by Abbatiello,” said Coach Korzen. “She argued five times in thirty hours while battling a fever and severe cold.”

During the national tournament’s preliminary rounds, Wake Forest defeated Georgetown and narrowly lost to the defending-champion, Northwestern, who would go on to place second overall. The Demon Deacons nevertheless advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round of the competition by virtue of their overall score in the first two rounds, but would later narrowly fall to Cornell.

In addition to ending the season among the nation’s most seasoned competitors, Wake Forest’s brief earned recognition, having been recognized as the 7th best score out the top 28 teams in the country. Each team member earned high praise from the judges and their opponents.

“I am very proud of the hard work and professionalism shown by this team,” said Coach Korzen. “The team put in long hours, worked closely together, continually made improvements, and they were an absolute joy to work with. The team ultimately continued a strong tradition of success for the school in this competition by advancing out of its region for the sixth straight year.”

The National Moot Court Competition, which is in its 69th year, is sponsored by the New York City Bar and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Wake Forest Law most recently won the national championship in 2017.


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