University of Wyoming College of Law students may compete in several local law school competitions for the right to represent the college at the regional and national levels. These competitions provide students an opportunity to develop practical skills and be recognized for their excellence as individuals and as members of a team.
President, Kendra Wilson
Faculty Adviser, Debora Person
Kate Barlow - Davis & Cannon Natural Resources Law Moot Court
Micah Christensen - Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Brandon Rosty - Energy Contracts Negotiation Competition
Casey Terrell - Richard E. Day Client Counseling
Ben Rose - ABA Negotiations Competition
The Board of Advocates is the student organization responsible for organizing in-school competitions. The Vice-Presidents for each competition coordinate their respective events, make travel arrangements for winning teams, and are responsible for media relations.
This law school competition selects teams to travel to the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and the National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition at West Virginia University College of Law.
First place team: Greyson Buckingham & Micah Christensen
Second place team: Tatyana Bannan & Marel Bunker
Back row, left to right: Judge Alan Johnson, John McKinley (Davis & Cannon sponsor), Klint Alexander (Dean of the College of Law), Pete Michael (Wyoming Attorney General), Greyson Buckingham
Front row, left to right: Tatyana Bannan, Marel Bunker, Judge Nancy Freudenthal, Micah Christensen
Faculty Consultant, Professor Sam Kalen
UW students have competed in the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Pace University School of Law since 1990. The competition requires students to argue an environmental case from three viewpoints: the government/regulator, the regulated industry, and the citizen public interest group. The national competition is sponsored annually by the Pace Law School's Environmental Moot Court Board in collaboration with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C., and Texaco Inc.
College of Law Finalists Representing the UW College of Law at the 2016 Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition: Greyson Buckingham & Micah Christensen
In November 2012, the College held its inaugural local competition to select teams to represent the school in the National Energy Moot Court Competition at West Virginia University College of Law. The competition highlights emerging trends in energy law as well as recent developments in sustainable energy production. Both Wyoming teams advanced to the Elite Eight at the National Championship in March 2013. Our local competition is sponsored by the Wyoming law firm of Davis & Cannon.
College of Law Finalists Representing the UW College of Law at the National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition in 2015 are Tatyana Bannan & Marel Bunker
The Client Counseling Competition provides an opportunity for law students to develop valuable skills in interacting with and proposing solutions for clients. Each team of two attorneys attempts to obtain the legally relevant information from the background factual context and then supplies the client with a preliminary summary of the client's legal position and the client's possible actions. The competition emphasizes communication and other interpersonal skills essential to sound representation of clients.
The Casper law firm of Williams, Porter, Day & Neville sponsors the intra-school competition. The National Client Counseling Competition is sponsored by the Law School Division of the American Bar Association.
The team members are, from left to right:
First place team: Paige Hammer (2L) and Jordan Hergenreder (2L)
Second place team: Michael Gillio (2L) and Stephanie Wall (3L)
Vice President, Micah Christensen
Faculty Consultant, Professor Noah Novogrodsky
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.
David Demic, Martha Tate, Kristina Mireles, Brandon Rosty, Saige Smith
Vice President: Brandon Rosty
Faculty Consultant: Professor Tara Righetti
This new competition, hosted by South Texas College of Law, provides an opportunity for law students to develop their negotiation skills in the field of energy law.
Vice President, Ben Rose
Faculty Consultant, Professor Kenneth Chestek
The ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition promotes the importance of negotiation as a practice skill. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems.
2016 FinalistsEmma Pinder and J. L. Wilkins
David and Casey will represent the UW College of Law at the ABA Negotiations Competition regional rounds in November.