Governor praises school’s national moot court champions

MARCH 24, 2017  |  S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster stopped by the Charleston School of Law Friday to recognize and congratulate the school’s national tax moot court champions.  The team, which consisted of third-year students Anna Boning and Tyler Gilliam, won the National Tax Moot Court competition in Florida last month.  It was the school’s sixth straight win.

At Friday’s event, McMaster and school President Ed Bell unfurled a banner recognizing the championship.  It will hang with others in The Barrister lounge at the school.

McMaster said he was encouraged by the school’s commitment to public service and observed that lawyers were vital to American society because it was governed by the rule of law.  He also said he would continue to support the school as it pushed for future success.

The governor also recognized two of the school’s other accomplished moot court teams, which recently participated in The ABA National Appellate Ad Competition regional finals. The team of Alex Heaton, Tori Watson and Andrew Smith won the region and are advancing to Nationals in Chicago. Tori Watson was also named the number one advocate in our region while Alex Heaton was named the number two advocate. The team of Kyle Smithwick, Nicole Soulsby and Troy Williams knocked off the number one seed Texas Tech in the semifinals before falling in the final round.

Gov. McMaster congratulating students Pres. Bell presents Gov. McMaster with a couple of gifts
From right to left; Gov. McMaster congratulates the national moot court champion coach Prof. Gutting, student Anna Boning and student-coach Jane Diange. Pres. Bell (far left) presents Gov. McMaster (far right) with a Charleston School of Law golf cap and umbrella as a thank you for his support of the school.
Pres. Bell addresses students Gov. McMaster addresses students
Pres. Bell addresses students. Gov. McMaster addresses students.
Gov. McMaster and Pres. Bell unfurl the banner Gov. McMaster holding the banner with the national champion moot court team
Pres. Bell (left) and Gov. McMaster (right) unfurl the national championship banner. Tax moot court coach Prof. Gutting (far left) holds the banner with Gov. McMaster (center).
Gov. McMaster with all of the moot court teams
From left to right: Pres. Bell, Dean Abrams,
Ryan 
Smithwick, Tori Watson, Alex Heaton,
Gov. McMaster, Prof. Bruno, Nicole Soulsby
and Andrew Smith.