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Competitions

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

President, Hollis Ploen
Faculty Adviser, Professor Debora Person

Jeff Van Fleet - Davis & Cannon Natural Resources Law Moot Court
Alia Scott - Hirst Applegate Trial Advocacy
Tyler Renner - Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Drew Pope - Richard E. Day Client Counseling
Jordan Tipton - 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.

Hirst Applegate Trial Advocacy Competition

Vice President, Alia Scott
Faculty Consultant, Professor Darrell 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.

2014 - 2015 Finalists

First Place Team: Derek Thrall, Emily Williams, Alan Davis, David Hansen

Second Place Team: Kelly Owen, Jonathan McCoy, Travis Wagman, and Laura Petrilli

Hirst Applegate First Place Team

Left to Right: Derek Thrall, Emily Williams, Alan Davis, David Hansen with judges Justice Michael Davis, Judge Robert Castor, and Hirst Applegate attorney Rob Jarosh

Hirst Applegate Second Place Team

Left to Right: Kelly Owen, Jonathan McCoy, Travis Wagman, and Laura Petrilli with judges Justice Michael Davis, Judge Robert Castor, and Hirst Applegate attorney Rob Jarosh

 

Davis & Cannon Natural Resources Law Moot Court Competition

Vice President, Jeff Van Fleet
Faculty Consultant, Professor Sam Kalen, National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
Faculty Consultant, Professor Temple Stoellinger

This law school competition selects teams to travel to the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (PACE) and the National Energy Moot Court Competition at West Virginia University College of Law.

        2014-2015 Finalists

      First place team: Courtney Amerine, Laurie Roger, Bailey Schreiber

      Second place team: Cassandra Craven and Monica Houston

Davis & Cannon

Left to right: Cassandra Craven, Monica Houston, Attorney General Peter Michael, Justice Kate Fox, Judge Alan Johnson, Bailey Schreiber, John McKinley, Courtney Amerine, and Laurie Rogers

National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

Vice President, Jeff Van Fleet
Faculty Consultant, Professor Sam Kalen

UW students have competed in the 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. 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.

College of Law Finalists Representing the UW College of Law at the 2014 Pace National Competition: Cassandra Craven and Monica Houston

National Energy Moot Court Competition

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.

2014 - 2015 Finalists

College of Law Finalists Representing the UW College of Law at the National Energy Moot Court Competition in 2015 are Courtney Amerine, Laurie Rogers and Bailey Schreiber

 

Richard E. Day Client Counseling Competition

Vice President, Drew Pope
Faculty Consultant, Professor Stephen Easton

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.

2014-2015 Finalists

client counseling competition finalists

Front: Julian Bendinelli, Tyler Renner, Mikole Bede, David Demic, Jasmine Fathalla, Jeff Van Fleet

Back Row: Judges, Kyle Ridgeway, Katie Hogarty, Anthony Gold; Faculty Coach, Professor Steve Easton

client counseling competition finalists 1st place

First Place Team: Jasmine Fathalla and Jeff Van Fleet

client counseling competition finalists 2nd place

Second Place Team: Tyler Renner and Julian Bendinelli

client counseling competition finalists 3rd place

Third Place Team: Mikole Bede and David Demic

 

Other Competitions


Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Vice President, Tyler Renner
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.

2014-2015 Finalists

Nick Bjorklund, David Demic, Brianne Phillips, Kayla Spencer, and Martha Tate

ABA Negotiations Competition

Vice President, Jordan Tipton
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. This Spring the College held our first local competition to select team members to represent our school in the regional rounds next Fall. 

ABA Negotiations Competition

Back row, Judges: Amy Jenkins, Ashley Guritza, Torey Racines; Front row, Participants: Jared Seegmiller, Corrine Loyola, Brian Annes, and Hollis Ploen

             First place team:  Corrine Loyola and Jared Seegmiller

             Finalists:  Brian Annes and Hollis Ploen

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