The Baylor Law team of Rachel Skinner and Derik Scott were declared the winners of the National Security Law Moot Court Competition on Monday, Feb. 20. A second Baylor Law team of Amanda Neugebauer and Tim Keane advanced to the semifinals. This was the first time in the history of the competition that two teams from the same school have both been in the semifinals. The teams were coached by Professor Bridget Fuselier.
"I was so proud of both teams," Fuselier said. "They worked extremely hard and did a great job."
Additionally, Scott/Skinner received the second-place award for best team brief. Skinner received the award for Best Overall Competitor while Scott was third in that category. Skinner also received second place in the Oralist category.
Hosted by George Washington University's School of Law, the competition has existed for more than two decades and is the only national law school competition with a focus on national security. Contestants argue cutting edge national security issues before a distinguished panel of recognized experts in the field. This year's problem was a fictional case based on WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.
In the competition problem, contestants tackled questions involving the Espionage Act and the Classified Information Procedure Act.
"This competition is different because the judges actually have the team briefs in front of them during the competition," Fuselier said. "This makes the competition feel more like an actual argument in front of an appellate court."
This year's final judges included John Rizzo, former Chief Legal Officer at the CIA; David Ogden, former deputy United States attorney general; and Lt. Commander William C. Kuebler from the Office of Military Commissions and the U.S. Navy JAG Corp.
Baylor Law Dean Brad Toben noted the win represented a prestigious victory in a high-profile national contest. "These young lawyers achieved great things in Washington, D.C. last weekend, and we are very proud of them. I extend to them my hearty congratulations," he said.
Although the 2012 advocacy competition schedule is just getting started, Baylor Law has achieved early success. In addition to winning the National Security Law Competition, two Baylor Law teams have qualified for the National Trial Competition after winning the regional competition. The Baylor Law Transactional Law Meet Team also qualified for the national competition after winning the regional meet.