Finalists in Baylor Law School's annual intermural Faegre Drinker Spring Moot Court Competition demonstrated their appellate advocacy skills before a distinguished panel of judges and a large audience on Monday, March 20, 2023. When the judges returned their decision, the team of Kingrey Sullens and Kelton Munch narrowly edged out the team of O'quilla Jones and Rachel Brooks to take the championship spot. The teams of Asna Poonawalla & Antonio Pana and Kamryn Dow & Melanie Green were Semi-finalists.
The competition got underway in early February with 42 teams of students in the Legal Analysis, Research, and Communications (LARC) 3: Persuasive Communication class. After the fourth round in early March, the top 16 teams advanced to compete in a bracket-style, single-elimination tournament. The competition's final round was held on Monday evening, March 20, and was judged by a panel of practicing attorneys and previous winners of Baylor Law's internal moot court competitions. Chief Justice of the final round was Jude Hickland, JD '08, Partner with Faegre Drinker in Dallas.
The top ten speakers, as well as the members of the top 16 teams, have been named as Barristers of the Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society, an honorific title at Baylor Law given to those who stand out for their advocacy skills.
The Top Three Speakers Were:
First - Walker Montjoy
Second - Asna Poonawalla
Third - Garrett Welch
Also receiving recognition for their oral advocacy during the competition were DeJa Bryson, Camille Callaway, Paul Gunderson, Brendan Fowler, Kelton Munch, Alexis Pineda, and Anderson Tittle.
The Final Round Judges were
Jude Hickland, JD '08, (Chief Justice), Faegre Drinker
David Kent, JD ’78, Faegre Drinker
Neil Rambin, JD ’78, Faegre Drinker
Jessica Underwood, JD ‘14, Nix Patterson, LLP
Jennifer S. Richards, JD '11, Richards Law PLLC
Maria Zermeno, Winner of the Fall 2022 Competition
Catherine McKinney, Winner of the Fall 2022 Competition
Baylor Law's Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society organizes and administers the yearly competition. The Society's officers for this year's competition were Stone Martin, President; Dani Hayes, Vice-President; and Emily Mouser and Duncan Robinson, Barrister Officers. Faculty Advisor, Legal Writing Professor Mike Berry, stated that each contender should feel proud of their accomplishments this year. "It was great fun to see how well all the competitors progressed in their advocacy skills during the course of the competition. The teams in the final round responded exceptionally well to the challenging questions posed by our esteemed panel of judges."
Baylor Law appreciates Faegre Drinker's continued support of our advocacy program, especially our challenging spring intramural moot court competition.
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