Baylor Law Competes in Back-To-Back Finals at the Hunton Andrews & Kurth Invitational National Moot Court Competition. Narrowly misses defending title.

February 9, 2023

Baylor Law Competes in Back-To-Back Finals at the Hunton Andrews & Kurth Invitational National Moot Court Competition. Narrowly Misses Defending Title.

Sarah Megan Erb, Michel Tagliabue, and Vivian Noyd, runners-up at the 2023 Hunton Andrews & Kurth Invitational National Moot Court Competition


The Baylor Law team of Michel Tagliabue, Sarah Megan Erb, and Vivian Noyd were runners-up at the 2023 Hunton Andrews & Kurth Invitational National Moot Court Competition, the ‘National Championship’ of moot court competitions. Following a championship win in 2022, Baylor Law returned to the competition to defend its title. This year’s team, coached by Professor of Law Larry Bates and Associate Dean Patricia Wilson, took second place and narrowly missed out to the University of Georgia School of Law after seven grueling rounds. Team members Michael Tagliabue and Sarah Megan Erb both competed on last year’s championship team.

The final round of the 2023 competition was judged by Judge Jennifer Elrod and Judge James Graves, both from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and by Justice Scott Brister, formerly with the Supreme Court of Texas. The Baylor Team’s brief was awarded the third-best brief in the competition.

The country’s top 16 moot court programs are invited to compete in the annual Hunton Andrews Kurth Competition. Programs are ranked according to their success in moot court competitions during the previous academic year. Baylor won the Competition in 2022, and one of the Baylor students, Lexie Ammons, also won the Best Speaker Award. Although the Baylor team did not repeat as National Champions this year, it’s one of the few programs that has competed in back-to-back finals in the Competition. Baylor Law teams were also semi-finalists in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

As runners-up, the Baylor Law students will share a $4,000 scholarship and an additional $600 for preparing the third-best brief.

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