LMU Law Moot Court and Mock Trial Compete in Regional Competitions
The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) Moot Court and Mock Trial teams each participated in regional competitions with strong fields of competitors earlier this month.
Five LMU Law Moot Court students competed against 36 teams in the Washington D.C. American Bar Association (ABA) National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) Regional. LMU Law was represented in the competition for the second consecutive year. The competition was held virtually this year due to the pandemic.
Representing LMU Law were third-year students Laura Doty, Emily Gibbons, Vincent Jackson, Megan Noble and Allison Tomey. Doty’s written brief scored within the Top 10 among a strong field of one of the most prestigious moot court competitions in the country. In the Oral Advocacy portion of the competition, the team of Nobel and Jackson advanced through two rounds, defeating a team from Capital University and Liberty University. The LMU team of Gibbons and Tomey prevailed in preliminary rounds against Liberty University and George Mason University. The LMU Law duo advanced to the fourth round where it defeated Oklahoma City Law School. In the final round, Gibbons and Tomey came up short against Washington and Lee University. The team may not have advanced, yet it was recognized as one of the ABA NAAC Washington D.C. Regional Finalists alongside Stetson, St. Mary’s, George Washington, George Mason, University of Florida and Washington and Lee. The Moot Court team is coached by Amanda Tonkin, an adjunct faculty member.
The LMU Law Mock Trial team competed in the American Association for Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy (STAC) Regional March 4-7, 2021. Representing LMU were third-year student Wesley Eke and second-year students Celia Ball, Sarah Crane and Brianna Weiner. Twelve regional competitions were held virtually with 130 teams competing to advance to the Virtual National Championship in April. The LMU Law team competed against teams from Notre Dame University, Pace University and Howard University. Although the LMU team did not advance to the semifinals of the competition, their hard work and exceptional performance resulted in three very close rounds of competition. Special congratulations to Weiner, who received the highest individual score in her round of competition and Crane, who also received very high scores. The LMU Mock Trial team is coached by Adam Russell, an adjunct faculty member.
The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law 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 Law, call 865.545.5303 or visit us online at Law.LMUnet.edu.