Rachel Carmona and Duffy Trager: UofL Law Champions

National Moot Court Champs

Duffy Trager, 2010

Western Kentucky University
B.A. Political Science and Religious Studies

"Without a doubt, the greatest moment of my law school experience was winning the NYU Immigration Moot Court Competition. Thrilling and terrifying simultaneously; arguing before three Federal Court of Appeals Judges was a once in a lifetime experience—and an opportunity which some career practitioners never see. Beyond that, however, winning a national competition gave me an unwavering confidence as I go forward in my career. This moment was a culmination of sorts. With the help of law school administration I created an Immigration Externship through which I developed a continuing passion for immigration law. The subject matter of the competition was not merely the backdrop of our win, but rather a defining piece of the attorney that I will become. Consequently as I heard the Judges award Rachel and me first place I knew we had accomplished something extraordinary."

Rachel Carmona, 2010

Rhodes College
B.A. Spanish and International Studies

"Winning the New York University Immigration Moot Court Competition has been one of the proudest and most exciting accomplishments of my career so far. The experience of arguing in front of Courts of Appeals judges from the Third, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits before even passing the bar is indescribable. Months worth of research, daily oral argument practice with local practicing attorneys, and having it all come to fruition with an awesome team, coach, and Moot Court Board support was an extraordinary addition to my legal education."