Congratulations ABA NAAC Moot Court team!

Please join me in congratulating the members of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC)–Darnesha Carter, Evan Dix, and Jessica Ford–who competed in the National Finals this past weekend in Chicago.

The team’s journey began in early November when the record was released to the teams.  The team worked on the brief over the holidays, and the brief was submitted in early January.  Once the brief was submitted, the preparation for the first oral argument stage of the competition began.  

In late February/early March, 193 teams from 113 law schools participated in six regional rounds.  The top four teams from each of the regional competitions were crowned Regional Co-Champions and were invited to the National Finals.  For Darnesha, Evan, and Jessica, they participated in the regional round in Boston.  Five rounds later, they were one of the four Regional Co-Champions. 

Fast forwarding to this past weekend: the 24 Regional Co-Champions traveled to Chicago for the National Finals.  As the Chair of the ABA NAAC Subcommittee, I can tell you that the competition was intense.  Rounds were decided by less than a point or 1 judge’s ballot.  The Stetson team steadily rose from being seeded tenth after the preliminary rounds, to a spot in the semifinals.  And Darnesha won the seventh best advocate award!

Congratulations Darnesha, Evan, and Jessica! And a very special thank you to Dean Allen and alum Jason Stearns, who collectively coached six teams at three competitions this year.  Thank you, Dean Allen and Jason, for your tireless support of the Moot Court Board!
Professor Bowman