Stetson’s Moot Court wins multiple awards at national competitions

(L-R): Taylor Ryan and Correy Karbiener won the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition.
(L-R): Taylor Ryan and Correy Karbiener won the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition.

Stetson University College of Law’s Moot Court teams took home multiple awards this past weekend at national competitions.

Stetson students Correy Karbiener and Taylor Ryan won the sixth annual National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C.  It is the fourth time Stetson has won the competition. Two teams of students from Stetson Law advanced to the final rounds of competition, beating teams from around the country to compete before a panel of judges from the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Twenty-six teams competed. The Stetson students beat teams from Georgetown Law Center and Arizona State. Student Erin Brennan was named best oralist and Karbiener and Ryan were awarded best respondent brief. Stetson’s Veterans Law Institute director and associate dean Michael Allen co-coached the Stetson teams with alumnus Jason Stearns.

Also over the weekend, Stetson Law student Darnesha Carter tied to win best advocate at the Mercer University College of Law Legal Ethics and Professionalism Moot Court Competition in Macon, Georgia. It is the second year in a row that a Stetson student has won the prestigious award. Carter and her teammates Evan Dix and Adriana Foreman were quarterfinalists at the competition. Stetson professors Brooke Bowman and Roberta Flowers co-coached the team.

“Moot Court competitions allow students to further develop their real-world skills. When our students have the opportunity to argue in front of actual judges, like those on the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, it is an amazing experience for them and the students learn so much from the interaction with the judges,” said Bowman, who is associate director for the Center for Excellence in Advocacy and Moot Court adviser at Stetson.

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