Appellate Advocacy Finalists Named…

By Brett Twitty

After many late hours, long brief drafting sessions, several highly competitive rounds of oral argument and even an appearance before a three judge panel consisting of members of our faculty, the finalists for the annual John W. Davis Moot Appellate Advocacy Moot Court competition have been named. The finalists are:

Kiyomi Bolick
Patrick Chamberlain
Mike Gardner
Margaret Hannapel

The Final Round of oral arguments is scheduled for October 23, 2009, and, during this round, the four finalists will argue before a three judge panel of federal judges that will include Judge Michael Luttig, a W&L undergraduate alum and former Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals judge who was on President Bush’s “short list” for the Supreme Court.  Judge Luttig now serves as Chief Counsel for the Boeing Corporation in Chicago. The other judges are Irene M. Keeley of the Northern District of West Virginia and Colonel Mark Johnson of the Court of Military Appeals.

This year’s problem centers upon a fascinating First Amendment issue, and the finals should be exciting. At the conclusion of the final round, awards will be presented to the top oralists, to the winner(s) for Best Brief, and to the first runner-up for Best Brief.

As previously noted, the Appellate Advocacy competition is unlike any other Moot Court event, and our finalists deserve to be commended for the job they’ve done. Video of this year’s final round will be available soon after the completion of the competition here, as well as on the W&L Law Admissions Facebook page and on W&L Law’s YouTube channel. Until then, check out video of last year’s winning oral argument by current Moot Court Board member and Mock Trial administrator, Victoria Corder.

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