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Regent Student Wins Award at National ABA Tournament

Two moot court teams from Regent Law School competed at the ABA-sponsored National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) in Chicago April 3 – 5, 2008 and returned with high accolades.

Valerie Kuntz was awarded 3rd Best Oralist out of more than 48 students representing the 24 best teams in the nation. She and her teammates, James Nealis and Josh Jewitt, surpassed 171 other teams to compete as one of the final 8 in the nation. They lost in a narrow 2-3 vote to an excellent Seton Hall team.


The team of Cort Walker, John Legg, and Rhonda Kinard advanced to the final 16, and in a close round lost 3-1 to an exceptional Harvard team that went on to win the National Championship.


The triumphs demonstrated at the NAAC Regionals and in their advancement during Nationals show the outstanding abilities of these students. “I am extremely proud of both teams,” said Regent Law Professor and team coach Michael Hernandez. “They represented our Lord and school well. Although we would all prefer to end with a "W," the accomplishments of both teams were truly exceptional.”


Regent’s history of tournament honors, including first place at the 2008 William B. Spong National Moot Court Tournament, demonstrates Regent’s outstanding dedication to oral and written advocacy skills. Regent’s moot court program currently is tied at #2 in a national ranking of law schools.

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