Knoxville, Tenn., Nov. 13 — Emily Persinger and Erin Wallin of Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law Moot Court team won fourth place overall at the 28th Annual National Criminal Procedure Tournament hosted by the University of San Diego School of Law this weekend.
The national moot court competition attracted 36 teams from law schools across the country. Persinger, a third-year law student who will graduate in May 2017, and Wallin, a fourth-year law student who attends part-time and will graduate in May 2017, turned in an impressive performance, advancing to the semifinals and earning Best Petitioner’s Brief recognition. Persinger was also honored as tenth-place oralist in the competition, which featured 72 competitors.
“This competition boasted some of the best appellate advocacy I have ever observed, not just from law students, but from actual lawyers in practice,” Assistant Professor of Law and Moot Court Advisor Brennan Wingerter said. “Especially in the final rounds, the competition was spectacular and hard to judge. Emily and Erin were tremendous ambassadors for LMU Law, showcasing the quality of our curriculum with their performance. We have a lot to be proud of with these students.”
The tournament provided advocates with the opportunity to argue challenging and timely issues related to criminal procedure before experienced and knowledgeable members of the California Bench and Bar at both the trial and appellate levels. The mock case was set before the U.S. Supreme Court and involved an appeal of evidence presented in a child sex trafficking case from lower courts. Teams were given the opportunity to examine and present the case from the perspective of both the government and the criminal defendant.