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Emory Law teams lead national, regional student competitions
By Emory University School of Law | Emory Law | March 31, 2014

Throughout spring term, Emory Law students dominated at regional and national tourneys, in competitions that tested their preparation and oral skills on subjects including the First Amendment; startup principles; baseball arbitration; and transactional, criminal and international humanitarian law.

A list of moot court and mock trial victories follows, in chronological order.

  • Feb. 8: Emory Law Mock Trial Society members Emily Adams 15L, Josh Combs 15L and Mike Evans15L(coaches: Lisa Wolff 11L and Trevor Newberry 13L) finished as a top four prosecution team among a field of 32 at the Seventh Annual John L. Costello Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition in Fairfax, Va. Learn more »
  • Feb. 8: Dana Schulman 15L and David Stewart 15L (coaches: Alyssa Baskam 14L and Michael Wiseman 14L) finished second at the Southeast Regional of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition in Atlanta. Learn more »
  • Feb. 8: Kaylee Niemasik 14L and Michael Wiseman 14L (coach: Maria Piva 14L) finished as a top eight team at the Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition regional oral argument competitions. Wiseman was awarded seventh best oralist. Learn more »
  • Feb. 10: Matt Wilson 15L and Greg McMillin 15L placed first in the 7th Annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition in New Orleans. Learn more »
  • Feb. 10-13: MaryGrace Bell 14L, Hunter Robinson 14L and Kyle Winchester 14L (coach: Gabe Gladstone 14L) placed second in the National Moot Court Competition in New York. Robinson was named runner-up best oralist. Learn more »
  • Feb. 22-23: The Emory Law Mock Trial Society took home several wins at the 2014 Judge Paul Joseph Kelly Jr. Invitational Trial Competition in New York City. Kate Golensky 14L received the award for best closing argument and Kioceaia Stenson 14L was awarded best direct examination. They were coached by DeKalb County Assistant District Attorneys Jerry Mason and Noah Schechtman. Lauren Stadalius 15L and Issac Chung 15L reached the semifinals, finishing in the top four in the overall team competition. They were coached by Professor Matthew McCoyd, DeKalb County Assistant Public Defender Annie Deets and Cobb County District Attorney Graduate Intern Drew Healy.
  • Feb. 28: At the 2014 National Transactional LawMeet®, Trevor Anderson 3L and Gillian Bialer 14L won first place in the Mid-Atlantic region, supported by teammates Matthew Pi 14L and Pengyu Chen 14L. Benjamin Smyser 14L and Marcus Brown 14L placed second in the Southeastern region, supported by teammate Jili Xue 15L. Both teams were awarded first place for best draft. The Mid-Atlantic finalists will compete in the National Meet in New York on April 3 and 4. Professors Sue Payne, Susan Wilson and Tom Dare coached the teams. Learn more »
  • March 2: Angela Farmer 14L and Joanna Smith 14L won first place in the regional American Bar Association Representation in Mediation Competition and advanced to the National Representation in Mediation finals to be held in Miami the first weekend of April.
  • March 12-15: Emory Law’s team placed second in a field of 15 in the inaugural Clara Barton International Humanitarian Law Competition, sponsored by the American Red Cross and the International Committee of the Red Cross, held in Washington, D.C. Team members were: Martin Bunt 14L, Eli Burton 14L, Ryan Light 15L and Casey Cooper 14L. They were coached by Laurie Blank, director of the International Humanitarian Law Clinic. Learn more »
  • March 19: At Startup Madness 2014, the Emory Law-Georgia Tech TI:GER CheckDroid team of Tyler Dutton 14L, Karan Jhurani 14L, David Mashburn 14L and Tech MBA candidates Chad Lane, Jake Edens and PhD candidate Shauvik Roy Choudhary emerged as the overall winner of a 14-team, bracket-style competition. Learn more »
  • April 4: A second TI:GER Team, LymphaTech, was selected as a semifinalist in the 2014 New Venture Championship® and will participate in the elevator pitch competition in Portland, Ore., April 3-5. Team members are Robert Jones 14L, Jeff Adams 14L, Georgia Tech PhD candidate Mike Weiler, and Tech MBA candidates Nathan Frank and Salim Vagh. LymphaTech will also compete in the 2014 Rice Business Plan Competition on April 10 at Rice University. They were selected from more than 500 applications and will compete with the top 42 graduate teams in the world’s richest and largest student startup competition. Learn more »