Carolina Law Students Take Top Honors at Moot Court Competition

Press Release

March 8, 2024

In a stunning display of legal prowess, Carolina Law’s 2L civil rights moot court teams secured impressive victories at the William B. Bryant-Luke C. Moore Invitational Moot Court Competition held at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. The competition, dedicated to the legacies of Honorable William B. Bryant and Honorable Luke Charles Moore, took place February 23-24, 2024.

The standout achievement of the weekend came from Drew Alexander and Alexander Jalota, who emerged as the National Champions, claiming the coveted first place overall. Their triumph showcased their exceptional skills in both written briefs and oral arguments.

Additionally, the second 2L team, comprised of Manasi Deorah and Patrick Bradey, secured an impressive third place overall, further solidifying Carolina Law’s dominance in the national moot court competition.

Carolina Law students demonstrated their mettle by advancing through the preliminary and quarterfinal rounds into the semifinals, showcasing the depth of talent within the moot court program. The accomplishment is not only a source of pride for the winning teams but also a testament to the dedication and hard work put in by the entire Carolina Law community.

Professor Jeff  Hirsch‘s invaluable contribution to the teams’ preparation deserves recognition, as does Professor Luke Everett‘s provision of robust appellate advocacy instruction in the lead-up to the competition. The logistical support, ensuring the students’ safe travel and participation, was handled by the Holderness Board and Business Services Coordinator Emily Shuman.

Holderness faculty advisor Professor Annie Scardulla, said, “I am incredibly excited for our students. I witnessed firsthand how hard they worked to prepare, and it is always refreshing to see that dedication rewarded!”

The Holderness Moot Court program at Carolina Law has been a cornerstone of legal education since 1951. Under the leadership of Scardulla, it has evolved into a co-curricular program, providing students with experiential learning academic credits. The program boasts 15 moot court teams, with students participating in local, regional, and national competitions, consistently bringing home trophies and medals.

Carolina Law’s success at the William B. Bryant-Luke C. Moore Invitational Moot Court Competition reflects the institution’s commitment to excellence in legal education. As students continue to shine on the national stage, the moot court program stands as a beacon of the high standards and rigorous training imparted at Carolina Law.

More information about the Holderness Moot Court Program can be found here.