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UW competes in several national competitions for excellence in trial advocacy, environmental law, energy law, appellate advocacy, international appellate advocacy, and client counseling. These competitions provide students an excellent opportunity to develop and be recognized for outstanding skills as individuals and as members of a team.
President, Carly Anderson
Faculty Adviser, Professor Debora Person
Kelley Anderson - Davis & Cannon Natural Resources Law Moot Court
Lindsey Krause - Hirst Applegate Trial Advocacy
Cash Freeman - Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Kristina Kleist - Pence and MacMillan Client Counseling
Halley Coffman - National Moot Court Regionals
The Board of Advocates is a student organization responsible for organizing, coordinating, and publicizing in-school competitions. The Vice-Presidents for each competition lead the organization of their respective events, make travel arrangements for winning teams, and are responsible for media relations.
Vice President, Lindsey Krause
Faculty Consultant, Professor Demetria Jackson
The Hirst Applegate Trial Advocacy Competition is sponsored by the regional law firm of Hirst Applegate LLP. The competition is designed to encourage the development of trial skills in all aspects of civil trials. The winners of the intra-school competition go on to compete in the regional competition sponsored by the American Association for Justice. The goal of the national competition is to inspire excellence in trial advocacy through training and education for both law students and practicing attorneys. This is an exceptional opportunity for law students to develop and practice their trial advocacy skills before distinguished members of the bar and bench.
First Place Team: Ethan
Doak, Adrianna Potts, Kelby Scott, and Adam Warren
Second Place Team: Cash Freeman, Graham Hersh, Grant Smith, and Tim Sowecke
2012 Final Round participants, pictured with competition judges
Vice President, Kelley Anderson
Faculty Consultant, Professor Dennis Stickley & 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 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.
First Place Team: Joe Evers, Jared Larsen, Alex Obrecht
Second Place Team: Kelianne Chamberlain, Cash Freeman, and Tim Sowecke
Vice President, Kelley Anderson
Faculty Consultants, Professor Sam Kalen
UW students have competed in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition sponsored by 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. In the past, law students have argued on environmental topics ranging from illegal dumping to personal liability for violation by a corporation. Winning briefs will be published in the Pace Environmental Law Review.
At the national competition in February 2013, our team advanced to the quarter-final round, and Rives White received the award for best oralist in one of the early rounds.
Vice President, Halley Coffman
Faculty Consultant, Professor Michael Duff
The Young Lawyers Section of the Bar Association of the City of New York sponsors the National Moot Court Competition. Students write briefs and present oral arguments in a simulated appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The College's team, selected in an intra-school competition, participates in the regional competition. Regional winners go to the national finals in New York City. This year the University of Wyoming College of Law sponsored the regional round for Region XI. Alex and Thomas won the regional rounds and will represent the University of Wyoming College of Law at the national rounds in New York at the end of January.
Team 1: Alex Obrecht and Thomas Szott
Team 2: Adrianna Potts, Adam Warren and Rives White
Thomas Szott and Alex Obrecht , Regional Champions
Vice President, Kristina Kleist
Faculty Consultant, Professor Matt Wilson
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 Laramie law firm of Pence and MacMillan sponsors the intra-school competition. The National Client Counseling Competition is sponsored by the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.
First Place Team: Marcy
Crank and Ethan Doak
Second Place Team: Laurie Rogers and Jared Seegmiller
Wyoming College of Law placed both teams in the semifinal rounds of the regional competition in Seattle, Washington. Marci and Ethan took first place in the regional competition in. They will compete in the national tournament in Texas. Jared and Laurie took third place at regionals.
Vice President, Cash Freeman
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.
John Hegarty, Emily Lipkin, Grant Smith, and Matt Stannard