PUBLISHED:March 05, 2008

Success for Moot Court in 2008

Duke Law boasts several Moot Court victories in the 2007-2008 academic year.

2Ls Jessica Brumley and Erin Blondel reached victory in the second annual George Washington University Law School’s National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition on Feb. 22 in Washington, D.C.

“I wanted to pass on the good news that Jessica Brumley and Erin Blondel put in an outstanding effort in Washington and won the GWU Religious Freedom Moot Court Tournament, beating 22 teams from 16 schools. Additionally, Jessica took Best Oral Advocate. Judges Sutton and O'Scannlain had nothing but compliments for the team. Congrats, Erin and Jessica!” said Amanda Neely, 3L.

The George Washington University Law School Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition focuses on a current religious freedom issue that implicates a First Amendment controversy.

Another team of 2Ls met success in Atlanta, GA on Feb. 8-10 at the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, organized by the International Trademark Association.

Moot Court Board co-chair Katie Crawford stated, "Next time you see Chad Jira and Jonathan Williams, congratulate them on their moot court victory at the Saul Lefkowitz Competition in Atlanta. They won the southern regional and advanced to the national final, which will be held on Mar. 22. Together, they won awards for best brief, best oral argument, and best overall team. Congratulations should also be extended to their coach Kyle Pousson who aided in their preparation."

The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition has been presenting an annual competition on trademark and unfair competition law for the last 17 years.

In the National Moot Court Competition, held in New York City on Jan. 28-30, Duke Law advanced to the semi-final rounds.

“Duke had a strong showing in the National Moot Court Competition, held this January in New York City. Every year, over 150 law schools compete in the regional rounds throughout the U.S., and the winners advance to the final rounds held at the New York City Bar. Duke's team, composed of 3Ls Natalie Hirt, Mike Rosenberg, and Tadhg Dooley, was undefeated in preliminary rounds and advanced to the semi-finals before falling to the University of Colorado,” Crawford reported.

“On the petitioner's side, Natalie Hirt was effective in arguing that a state law criminalizing the delivery of handgun ammunition to minors was not preempted by federal law, earning plaudits for her rebuttals. Mike Rosenberg was equally effective arguing for respondents that the law was in fact preempted, garnering praise for his command of the law. Tadhg Dooley argued both sides of a separate issue, whether the Second Amendment protects and individual right to bear arms and demonstrated is acumen for the topic and talent as an advocate. The team was coached by James Maxwell ('66) and cheered on by various New York-based Dukies, including Dean Barlett and Professor Schroeder,” Crawford stated.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs Jill Miller offered praise for the achievements of this year’s Moot Court teams.

“This is a banner year for Duke Moot Court. The teams' success at competitions across the country is a testament to the competitors, their student and alumni coaches, and the dedicated faculty who moot them before sending them into the field. We couldn't be more proud of their many accomplishments!”