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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.


Board of Advocates

Co-President, Kate Barlow, Sam Laffey
ABA Client Counseling Regional: pending
Faculty Adviser, Debora Person

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.


Davis & Cannon Natural Resources Law Moot Court Competition

Faculty Consultants, Professor Sam Kalen, Professor Temple Stoellinger

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.

        2016-2017 Finalists

Gabina Lichtner, Kristina Mireles, Brandon Rosty     

Jeffrey C. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

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

National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition

Faculty Consultant, Professor Temple Stoellinger

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.

Richard E. Day Client Counseling Competition

Faculty Consultant, Professor Danielle Cover

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.

2016-2017 Winners

Danielle Morscheck, Christopher Resare


Other Competitions

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

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.

Congratulations to Wyoming's Jessup International Law Moot Court Team for taking First Place at the Rocky Mountain Regional Moot Court Competition in the 2017 regional competition.  The Wyoming team won best memorial score and several individual awards for best oralist, with Allison Connell placing 7th, Brandon Rosty placing 3rd, Kristina Mireles placing 2nd, and David Demic winning top individual oralist with two perfect scores. 

Jessup winners

Pictured:  Ian Smith, David Demic, Kristina Mireles, Faculty coach Noah Novogrodsky, Allison Connell, and Brandon Rosty.

Energy Law Negotiations Competition

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. 

2016-2017 Winners

Noah Grovenstein, Casey Terrell

ABA Negotiations Competition

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. 

2016-2017 Finalists

First Place: Bobbi Owen & Gary Ure

Second Place: Fran Tait & Doug Schmidt

ABA Negotiations Competition finalists

(Left to right: Fran Tait, Doug Schmidt, Bobbi Owen & Gary Ure)

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