Moot court and mock trial success stories

University of Louisville School of Law

I am very pleased to report two items demonstrating the prowess of the University of Louisville in moot court and mock trial competitions, at the undergraduate and law school levels, and the contribution of Law School students to our university's overall success:

  1. The University of Louisville wins the Kentucky Mock Trial competition

    Congratulations to UofL's Kentucky Mock Trial teams. Both teams advanced to the semi-final rounds, with the team of Dustin Thaker, Christopher Roby, Tonya Appleby, and Colleen Clemons winning the competition. UofL's other semi-finalist team consisted of Ben Weigel, Courtney Clark, Mac Adams, and Diana Kolze. The team was coached by Shelley Lemons.

  2. UofL law students help the McConnell Center's moot court team to advance in their southeast regional competition

    I received this letter from Mary Hora, class of 2002:


    Dear Dean Chen,

    McConnell Center moot court team

    I'm a 2002 graduate of the U of L law school, and I coach an undergraduate moot court team of McConnell Scholars at UofL. A couple of months ago, Becky Wimberg kindly allowed me to post an announcement on the Docket asking for law students to volunteer as practice judges. Several students responded, and came out to help the team. I was so impressed by their willingness to help, and by the effort they put into preparing for the practices, that I wanted to draw your attention to them, and let you know how well they represent the law school.

    • Adam Broadus
    • Marshall Casey
    • Algeria Ford
    • Stacy Hoehle (volunteered but was unable to participate because she works on practice evenings)
    • Elisabeth Luff
    • Patrick Watson

    Due in large part to the efforts of the practice judges, the UofL undergrads made a great showing at the Southeastern regional tournament this past weekend. All three teams (of two students each) made it into the quarterfinals, and one of these teams advanced to the finals. Two of the three teams have guaranteed places at the national tournament in January, and the third team has a very good chance of being chosen as a wild card. See http://mcconnellcenter.org for more details and a group photo.

    Let me also express my special thanks to Dean [Donald] Olson, who very kindly supplied us with videotapes of past Pirtle-Washer competitions. These were invaluable in helping us to prepare for the tournament.

    Mary F. Hora
    Staff Attorney
    Kentucky Court of Appeals