2.24.2012

Regent Moot Court Board Hosts Annual Competition

Regent University Law School's Moot Court Board hosted the eleventh annual Leroy R. Hassell Sr. National Constitutional Moot Court Competition over the weekend of Feb. 17-18, drawing thirteen competition teams from across the nation to Virginia Beach, Va.

Teams from New York School of Law, Brigham Young University, Touoro Law Center, and the William & Mary Law School were judged by a number of distinguished competition guest judges including Virginia Supreme Court Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn. Several practicing attorneys and Regent Law faculty members rounded out the judging panel.

Liberty University School of Law's team won the championship in a 5-4 final round decision. As event hosts Regent Law s teams did not compete.

"The competition is named in honor the late Virginia Supreme Court Justice and Regent Law jurist-in-residence Leroy R. Hassell Sr. "We want to honor Justice Hassell's memory because of his tremendous service to the Commonwealth, as well as Regent Law," said Moot Court Board member and third-year law student Sonny Behrends. "He motivated and inspired us to seek justice and pursue our dreams, and his life exemplified excellence as the first African-American chief justice of the Virginia Supreme Court."

In addition to hosting national competitions, Regent s competition teams continue perform with excellence nationwide. Two teams from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board (ADR) placed among the top five teams in the American Bar Association (ABA) National Negotiation Competition in New Orleans Feb. 3-4.

Regent's Moot Court Board team advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Moot Court Competition (NMCC) held Jan. 30 - Feb. 2 in New York City, finishing among the top eight teams in the nation.