April 19, 2012 - Knoxville, Tennessee — Law students Ivy Gardner and Matthew Long represented the Lincoln Memorial University John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) at the Billings, Exum and Frye National Moot Court Competition held at the Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, N.C. LMU-DSOL’s team advanced to the second day of competition and the round of 16 and took home second place for its respondent’s brief.

“The award for our brief was a huge testament to our writing and research curriculum,” Long said. “Several students and faculty from other schools commented on how we took them by surprise. ‘We will be watching out for you guys in future competitions,’ they said. I can’t think of a better compliment than that.”

Moot Court is an extracurricular activity where simulated court proceedings, including written briefs and oral arguments, take place and are judged in competition. A total of 34 teams competed, representing schools including: Elon, Virginia, Duke, Vanderbilt, William & Mary, Drexel University, Wake Forest, George Mason University, University of Houston, Villanova, Florida Coastal, Regent University, University of North Carolina and others. Two initial rounds of oral arguments were held and the final eight quarter finalists emerged. The tournament marked LMU-DSOL’s second national competition. A LMU-DSOL team advanced to the quarterfinals in their first Moot Court national competition.

Professor Shelly George serves as the faculty advisor for LMU-DSOL’s Moot Court Board. Visiting Professor of Law Chuck MacLean and Director of Lawyering Skills and Academic Success and Assistant Professor of Law David Walker coached the LMU-DSOL team in competition.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at