Moot Court Board News
The National Trial team is in need of witnesses to help with practices immediately after the break. This is a great opportunity for 1Ls and 2Ls interested in trying out next year to get acquainted with the team, and a great way to learn more about Mock Trial while supporting the team. There is minimal time commitment. The dates needed are listed below.
Jan. 4: 7:00pm
Jan. 8: 1:00pm
Jan. 11: 7:00pm
Jan. 15: 1:00pm
Jan. 18: 7:00pm
Jan. 22: 1:00pm
Jan. 25: 7:00pm
Jan. 29: 1:00pm
Feb. 1: 7:00pm
Feb. 5: 1:00pm
Feb. 8: 7:00pm
The team needs four witnesses each practice, so we need your help. Please contact Carly Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to be a witness or have any questions.
A special thank you is in order for the judges who graciously volunteered their time and experience to judge the semi-finalists and finalists. Circuit Court Judge A.C. McKay Chauvin, Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Denise Clayton, Chief Regional District Judge Sean R. Delahanty, and District Judge Katie King formed the panel that selected the two competitors that advanced to the final round. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (a past Pirtle-Washer Champion), United States Magistrate Judge James D. Moyer, District Judge Ann Bailey Smith (a past Pirtle-Washer Champion), and Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Thomas B. Wine formed the panel that selected Thomas Stevens as this year's Champion.
Thank you also to the twenty-four local attorneys from Kentucky and Indiana who volunteered their time and experience to judge the three prelimary rounds on Saturday, October 22nd. These local attorneys narrowed the field from sixteen competitors to the four semi-finalists.
Please join the Moot Court Board in congratulating Nathan Batey, Chris Moncrief, Sharon Wright, and Shawn Spalding (Team 1), and Jamie Jackson, Thomas Stevens, Brian Smith and Tyler Fleck (Team 2) on their strong performance at this past weekend’s Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition in Lexington.
Under the guidance of coaches Sandra Moon and Heend Sheth, all eight members worked extraordinarily hard leading up to and during the competition. The many hours of preparation paid off, with Team 2 advancing all the way to the final round against the University of Kentucky College of Law’s team. The Moot Court Board is proud to have had such stellar students representing our law school so exceptionally well.
The team earned above-average marks from all judges. They were repeatedly praised for their "good use of demonstrative evidence," "good use of facts," and being "extremely well prepared," both as lawyers and as witnesses. The judges also commented on the team's professionalism, saying that the team was "very respectful," and "so respectful to the witnesses." In fact, the team scored no less than "Very Good" in the category of professionalism from every single judge, and in one instance the team was scored as "Superior," the highest available score.One judge described a closing statement by Brittany McKenna as "spectacular," another described Natalie Smith's performance as a "Great job!," another praised Natalie Humphrey for her "excellent delivery, " and Brad Johnson was complimented on his "very good, conversational tone."