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After a string of Moot Courts wins, Regent Law prepares for National Competition

The Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition, The William B. Spong National Moot Court Tournament, the NAAC Regional Championship: Regent Law School moot court teams have captured championships at all three – the only three they have entered - and are now busy preparing for the ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) national showdown in Chicago, April 3-5.

These moot court wins for Regent are the most recent in a series of wins over the last few years, including first place at the 2007 J. Braxton Craven Moot Court Competition, and the 2006 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Championship.

According to team coach Professor Ben Madison, "I have never worked with students who put such effort into preparing for competitions. They will, no doubt, represent Regent with the excellence for which we strive."

The NAAC emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court, and competition involves writing a 40-page brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.

Regent is currently ranked in a tie for the #2 spot in a national ranking of moot court programs.

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On November 7, Regent Law professor Lynn Marie Kohm was awarded the 2017 Faculty Excellence Award in the area of service. According to Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, executive vice president of Academic Affairs, Kohm “embodies the cheerful servant leader,” and claims that her most important service to LAW is her commitment to coordinating a student women’s discipleship group.

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