February 17, 2012 – Knoxville, Tennessee — A pair of teams represented the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) John J. Duncan, Jr. School of Law (LMU-DSOL) at a recent National Moot Court Competition held at the Charleston School of Law in Charleston, S.C. LMU-DSOL’s team of Patrick Slaughter and Tiffany Starr-Smith was one of eight teams that advanced to the quarter finals.
Moot Court is an extracurricular activity where simulated court proceedings, including written briefs and oral arguments, take place and are judged in competition. A total of 23 teams competed, representing schools including: Elon, Florida Coastal, William & Mary, University of Maine, Liberty, DePaul, Seton Hall, University of North Carolina, Florida State University, University of South Carolina, Massachusetts School of Law, Mercer and the Charlotte School of Law. Two initial rounds of oral arguments were held and the final eight quarter finalists emerged. The tournament marked LMU-DSOL’s first national competition.
LMU-DSOL’s other team, James Lawrence and LuAnn Hileman, did not advance after falling to the eventual champion Florida State University in the opening oral argument. The team of Slaughter and Starr-Smith fell in the quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Florida Coastal in a closely contested competition.
Among the law schools that did not place any team in the quarterfinal round were Elon, University of Maine, Liberty, Seton Hall, UNC, USC and the Charlotte School of Law, all American Bar Association-accredited schools.
Professor Shelly George serves as the faculty advisor for LMU-DSOL’s Moot Court Board. Visiting Professor of Law Chuck MacLean and Director of Lawyering Skills and Academic Success and Assistant Professor of Law David Walker coached the two LMU-DSOL teams in competition.
“It was a huge and important step for the Duncan School of Law just to be represented in this competition,” LMU-DSOL Dean and Vice President Sydney A. Beckman said. “It really is a statement about the quality education our students receive to enjoy these kind of results in their very first national competition. As an institution, we could not be more proud.”
The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law (LMU-DSOL) is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/law.