Moot Court Team's Second Place in Energy & Sustainability Competition Highlights Successful Year
Second-year law students Jesse Maier and Kendra Olson placed second in the National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition hosted by West Virginia University. In addition, the team won the second best brief overall and Olson was named fourth best oralist overall.
"I couldn't have been more proud of our UND teams," said coach and UND Law affiliated faculty member Kiara Kraus-Parr. "Our competition was very good in all the rounds."
Twenty-three teams competed in this year's competition. Four rounds of arguments over the first two days made up the preliminary portion of the competition. On the first day, each team argued three times, twice on brief and once off brief, and the second day, each team argued off brief once more to determine which teams would move on to the Sweet Sixteen. Both UND Law teams advanced to the sweet sixteen including the other team of second-year students Tessa Vaagen and Aaron Weber.
Kraus-Parr indicated the problem for the 2014 competition was very complex and involved important cases out of the Third and Fourth Circuits. Maier and Olson argued and won seven rounds to advance to the finals, where they faced the eventual champion team from Duquesne University School of Law.
The final round found Maier and Olson arguing in front of a very distinguished panel of judges that included The Honorable Stephanie D. Thacker, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, The Honorable D. Michael Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, The Honorable Frederick P. Stamp, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, The Honorable Irene M. Keeley, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia and Lawrence D. Rosenberg Esq., Partner, Jones Day.
"It was an honor to represent UND Law at the National Finals," said Maier. "It was an adventure I will never forget."
Several other moot court teams represented the UND School of Law in regional and national competitions around the country this year. "With the success all of our teams have earned, this year marks the overall best results ever of UND external moot court competition teams," said Professor Kirsten Dauphinais. "As their advisor, I am extremely proud of all their hard work and all they have accomplished."
· Two student teams competed at the National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Law students Tracy Green, Laura Ringsak, Benjamin Sand, and Jared Wall all advanced to the top eight out of 28 teams. In the quarter final round, the teams that took first and second place in the competition defeated them.
· Two student teams, coached by UND Law alumnus Sam Gereszek, competed at the Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition, held in Buffalo, New York. The only national moot court competition to focus on substantive criminal law, 24 teams argued a case centered on a Fourth Amendment problem involving a smartphone. Law students Jesse Powell and Sarah Scholler advanced to the quarterfinals, and Laney Herauf and Sarah Kuntz also represented the School of Law very well.
· Three student teams competed in the national federal Indian law moot court competition sponsored by the National Native American Law Student Association. This year's competition was held at the University of Oklahoma, with 64 teams from 17 states participating. Law students LaTanya Gabaldon, Kendra Parker, Stacie Crawford, Antonio Solorzano, Rachel Engstad, and Michael Merner all represented UND School of Law very well and received positive critiques from the judges after the preliminary rounds.
· Six students competed in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Second-year students Anders Odegaard, Thaddeus Swanson, Heather Smith, Conor Kennelly and third-year students Matt Enrooth and Rebecca Flanders participated in the competition. UND Law alumnus Andrew Eyre coached the team. The students received positive reviews and represented UND very well.
Dean Kathryn Rand said, "We are so proud of all of these students! Each of them displayed preparedness, professionalism, and passion in these challenging competitions. Thanks, too, to our student Moot Court Board—Kyle Craig, Laney Herauf, Tracy Green, Jared Wall, and Erica Woehl—who coordinate the UND Moot Court competition, the External Moot Court Teams, and the Carrigan Cup."