W&L Team Earns Best Brief Award at ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition

Lexington, VA Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Washington and Lee law students David Miller '13L, Gordon Jenkins '13L and Amy Conant '13L earned the Best Brief Award at the regional American Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Competition, held recently in Washington, D.C.

The ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of a mock U.S. Supreme Court. This year's problem involved federal statutory Medicaid and health care law.

In all, 40 teams competed in the D.C. regional competition, including a second W&L team made up of Matthew Rasmussen '12L, Joe Antel '13L and Andrew Larsen '12L. The three-day competition featured three rounds of preliminary arguments, followed by semifinals and finals, both of which were sudden-death rounds.

Miller and Jenkins, serving as oralists for their team, were 4-0 going into the final round, before coming up short in an extremely close round against the 10 remaining teams vying to be one of the five teams to advance to the national competition in Chicago. Nevertheless, they were honored along with Conant with the award for producing the best brief of the entire competition.

The W&L teams were coached by 3Ls Suzanne Peters and Jacob Triolo, who serve on the Moot Court Executive Board. W&L is one of only a few schools that does not rely on faculty coaching.

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