Moot court teams score wins, accolades in national competitions

March 12, 2019 – Charleston School of Law students have had impressive success in late February and early March in national moot court competitions across the country.  Here’s how four teams placed in three competitions:

Trial advocacy competition.  After three days of competition in early March, the Charleston School of Law team of Mark Watkins, Collette Farhat, Rebecca Nicolella and Shelby Johnson became the school’s first team since 2015 to advance to the semi-final round of the regional competition of the American Association of Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy CompetitionAAJ STACThe team went 3-0, beating teams from the University of Mississippi School of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law and Regent University School of Law before a split-ballot decision against Campbell University School of Law that ended their run. Another team comprised of Kelly Barber, Beverly Bolyard, Amenhotep Myers and James Watson went 2-1 in the competition in Raleigh.

Tax competition.  Charleston School of Law’s team won two first-round competitions on the first weekend of March to advance to the quarterfinals of the National Tax Moot Court Competition in Gainesville, Fla.  While the three-member team, which was comprised of second-year students Shantel Middleton, Cassandra Sereta and Lani Frost, didn’t advance, Middleton was named Best Individual Oralist for the entire competition.

International law competition.  In what is billed as the world’s largest moot court competition, a Charleston School of law team of Katie Brunson, Iman Hart, Truong Do and Barbara Lacerda advanced into the quarterfinal round – a huge accomplishment in a competition with participants from 680 law schools in 100 countries and jurisdictions.  Brunson finished as Number 8 advocate overall out of 70 advocates in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held in late February in Denver.