Charlotte School of Law Team Wins National Moot Court Competition

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Groups Advance to Octofinal Rounds in Additional Moot Court, Mock Trial Competitions

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Charlotte School of Law, the only law school in North Carolina’s most-populous city, has continued its history of success in moot court and mock trial competitions, winning a national moot court competition in New York, as well as advancement to the octofinal rounds of a moot trial competition in North Carolina and a mock court competition in Texas.

Students Lauren Nennig and Chris Campbell won the 36th annual New York Law School Wagner Labor and Employment Law moot court competition in New York City in March. The Charlotte School of Law team advanced to the final round where they were judged by a panel of six prominent legal professionals, including two former members of the National Labor Relations Board, two former federal court district judges and the general counsel for Kraft Foods. Campbell received the Best Oral Advocate Award, and the team received Second-Best Petitioner Brief Award.

“In just a few years, our students have built a solid reputation for themselves, and for Charlotte School of Law, through preparation and flawless execution in several moot court and mock trial competitions in the United States as well as internationally,” said Denise Spriggs, interim dean at Charlotte School of Law. “The credit for this continued success should be shared among the entire Charlotte School of Law community and the support structure that students and professors have built here.”

Charlotte School of Law Mock Trial team members Windy Majer, Johnathan Pennington, Joshua Perlman and Kristie Scott represented the school against 40 other teams at the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge in Houston March 29-April 1.

In the preliminary rounds, the Charlotte School of Law team faced teams from Fordham University School of Law, Brooklyn Law School and Golden Gate University School of Law. These preliminary rounds were overseen by prestigious presiding and scoring judges, including Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina. After an exceptional performance, the Charlotte team advanced to the octofinal rounds, which narrowed the field to 16 teams, where it narrowly lost to Georgetown, the competition’s eventual winner.

In April, Matt Weaver and Marcus Dean, second-year students at Charlotte School of Law, advanced to the octofinal round of the Elon National Constitutional Law Moot Competition held in Burlington, N.C. The Charlotte School of Law team advanced through the preliminary rounds after facing teams from Wake Forest University School of Law, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center and University of North Carolina School of Law.

Weaver and Dean recorded high scores throughout the initial rounds of the competition and were the first- and second-place oralists in the octoround final.

A Charlotte School of Law team that included Abbey Mrkus and Jeff Poulsen, both second-year students as well, also scored well in preliminary rounds of the Elon competition and were first- and second-place oralists in the final round.

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Charlotte School of Law, fully accredited by the American Bar Association, offers a student-centered orientation that focuses on the hands-on learning needed to equip graduates with leadership, management and interpersonal skills needed for career success. As the only law school in North Carolina’s most populous city, Charlotte School of Law offers full-time and part-time day programs as well as an evening part-time program for working professionals. On the Web at

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