College of Law Moot Court Team Excels in Competition, Scores 17th Best Brief Among 121 Teams

At the National Moot Court Competition, held February 9-12, 2015, in New York City, the College of Law team of Clay Hardman, Matthew Church and Christopher Bond drafted a brief that ranked 17th in the nation among the 121 teams that participated in the competition.  In the oral arguments, the team also competed strongly, losing to teams that proceeded to the elite eight and final four.

In the first round of oral arguments, Hardman and Church competed against and narrowly lost to a team from Kent Law School that made it to the elite eight and lost to the eventual champion, George Washington Law School. In the second round, Bond and Church competed against and more narrowly lost to a team from South Texas Law School that made it to the final four and lost to the eventual champion.

Team Coach Troy Booher said, “The students devoted hundreds of hours to drafting an appellate brief and preparing for oral arguments.  They learned how hard it is to do an excellent job in both of those tasks. And they now know that each of them can do an excellent job. I consider that the most important part of what the students get out of this program every year.”

Booher thanked College of Law staff members Karen Fuller and Suzanne Faddis for their organizational support, and the many volunteers who helped the team prepare, including Jess Krannich (’05), Jeremy Christensen (’14), Stephen Dent (’14), Dick Baldwin (’13), Nathanael Mitchell (’13), Laurie Abbott (’13), Jonathan Pappasideris (’03), Cheylynn Hayman (’03), and Diana Hagen (’98), as well as Professors Clifford Rosky and Paul Cassell.