Moot Court Board News
Congratulations to Duffy Trager, winner of the 2009 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition!
The semifinal and final rounds were held on Friday, October 9th in the Allen Courtroom.
Here’s the schedule:
9 AM, Semifinal Round
- Appellant: Duffy Trager
- Appellee: Algeria Ford
10:30 AM, Semifinal Round
- Appellant: Eric Lowe
- Appellee: Barry Dunn
Duffy B. Trager is a native of Louisville. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies from Western Kentucky University in 2006. In law school, he competed on the 2008 National Moot Court Team. He is currently Constitutional Law Editor of the Journal of Law and Education, founder and Vice President of the International Law Society and a Marshall - Brennan Fellow. In the summer of 2009, he was awarded an IOLTA Fellowship with Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services. Duffy has recently become an avid runner.
Algeria Ford is a third year law student and the winner of last year’s Pirtle-Washer competition. He has a range of interests including criminal and civil litigation, intellectual property law, and environmental law. He would like to thank his wife for her continued support.
Eric Lowe is from Mt. Washington, Kentucky, but currently lives in the Louisville area. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of the Cumberlands, in Williamsburg, Kentucky, where he played varsity football and competed in Parliamentary Debate. Throughout his career at the Cumberlands, he studied in the areas of Communication and Political Science. Currently, he is a second year evening student and has been employed full time throughout his law school career at Bullitt Central High School. At the law school he participates in various programs and activities such as: University of Louisville Law Review, Moot Court Board, Student Bar Association, and as a member of the Health Law Moot Court Team. He is honored to have been selected to compete in the Pirtle Washer finals and would like to wish all if his fellow competitors congratulations and best wishes.
Barry Dunn is a Columbia, Kentucky, native who received his undergraduate education at Lindsey Wilson College before obtaining an M.A. in political science from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Dunn came to law school after teaching eighth grade social studies. He currently serves as President of the Moot Court Board and Notes Editor for the University of Louisville Law Review. Mr. Dunn is also a member of the school's National Moot Court Competition team. Mr. Dunn has worked for the law firms Stoll Keenon Ogden and Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. After law school, he hopes to clerk for a federal judge for one year before practicing litigation.
Each semifinal round was judged by the following three judge panel:
- Judge John Heyburn - United States District Court
- Chief Circuit Judge Charles Hickman - Kentucky Circuit Court
- Professor Leslie W. Abramson - University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
- Professor Karen A. Jordan - University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
Appellant, Duffy Trager, and Appellee, Barry Dunn, advanced to the final round at 1 PM, which was judged by the following:
On Friday October 9, 2009 the finals rounds of Pirtle-Washer will be held in the Allen Courtroom. Everyone is welcome to attend. The schedule of arguments is as follows:
9:00 a.m. Duffy Trager v. Algeria Ford
10:30 a.m. Eric Lowe v. Barry Dunn
1:00 p.m. The winners of each semi-final round will compete in the finals.
The semi-final rounds arguments will be heard by Judge John Heyburn of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Chief Circuit Judge Charles Hickman of Kentucky's Fifty-Third Judicial Circuit, and Judge Glenn Acree of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
The final round arguments will be heard by Judge Heyburn, Chief Judge Hickman, Judge Denise Clayton of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Ann Bailey Smith of the Jefferson District Court. Good luck to the competitors!
For the first time ever, the semi-final and final rounds will be streamed live on the World Wide Web. Watch it here!
Algeria Ford, Barry Dunn, Duffy Trager, and Eric Lowe advanced to this Friday's semi-final rounds. Additionally, Brian Pollock, Courtney Phelps, Doug Dawson, and Marilyn Osborn advanced to the quarterfinals.
The semi-finals will be held in the Allen Courtroom, with the first argument scheduled for 9 a.m. and the second argument for 10 a.m. The finals will be held at 1:00. Everyone is invited to attend the arguments and a short reception honoring the contestants after the final round. Pairings and judges will be announced later this week.
Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Client Counseling Competition. The Regional Competition will be held on February 19-20 in Lansing, MI and the National Competition will be held on March 19-20 in Waco, TX. The team’s coaches are Professor Leslie Abramson and Attorney Paul Schurman.
There is a signup sheet available outside the Moot Court Board door. The deadline for signups is October 13th. Tryouts will be limited to the first 12 teams that sign up. Tryouts will take place on Friday October 16th in room 270 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Professor Abramson will be showing a video of a past competition on Tuesday October 13th from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm in room 270.
Once you have signed up please email Aaron Dyke and he will email you a client scenario that you will be expected to act out during your tryouts.
You must sign up in teams and will be judged as a team. The person who you sign up with will be the person you compete with if you are selected.
Practices will take place on Saturdays at Paul Schurman’s office, which is located in Middletown. You must be able to practice on Saturday mornings in January and February as well as once during the week. This event is an American Bar Association event and team members must be a student member of the ABA (student membership is $25).
Only one team of two members is allowed in the competition.
Direct any questions to Aaron Dyke (email@example.com).
The deadline to sign up for the team is Wednesday, September 30 at 4:00. The sign up sheet is on the Moot Court Board door.
For additional information, you are encouraged to visit http://www.inta.org/index.php?
Try-Outs will be held Tuesday, October 13th from 11-1 and from 5-7 in the Allen Courtroom.
All 2L’s & 3L’s are encouraged to try-out by preparing an opening or closing statement based on last year’s problem (not to exceed 10 minutes) and submitting a resume.
A sign up sheet will be posted on the Moot Court Board door. Sign up by Monday, October 12th.
For a copy of last year’s problem (State of Lone Star v. Micah Victor) and for more information about the competition see the official website at http://www.tyla.org/advocacy_ntc.html
If you have any questions & to submit your resume please contact Daniel Cameron: firstname.lastname@example.org orBen Basil: email@example.com
Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Patent Law Moot
Court Competition, held March 20-22 in Chicago or Houston. The team’s
coach is Professor John Cross.
There is a sign up sheet available outside the Moot Court Board door. The deadline
for sign-ups is 5 p.m. on October 1st. A brief problem will be emailed
to interested students by October 2nd and will be due back to Professor
Cross by 5 p.m. on October 9th.
Professor Cross will review the submissions and, if necessary, hold oral
tryouts on October 12th to select team members.
Currently, only one team of two members is allowed in the competition
from each school.
Direct any questions to Maddie Schueler (firstname.lastname@example.org).