Hardison & Cochran sponsor law student advocates at National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition

RALEIGH — Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard announced today that Hardison & Cochran Attorneys at Law has offered to financially sponsor a team of Campbell Law student advocates at the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition (NVLMCC) on Nov. 3-4 in Washington, D.C. Last year, the firm also provided financial support two teams of Campbell Law student advocates at the ABA Negotiation Competition in New York City.

Despite being the first time a Campbell Law team competed in this competition, the duo earned runner-up for Best Respondent Brief and made it to the quarter finals over the weekend. The team was made up of two third-year law students — Joonu-Noel Coste and Taylor McCallman — and coached by Kirk Warner, who is a partner at Smith Anderson.  The team from Baylor University law school that defeated Coste and McCallman in the quarterfinal round went on to win the entire competition.

“Hardison & Cochran have financially paved the way for our student advocates so many times in recent years, and we are blessed to enjoy our relationship with them,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “Their gifts provide the opportunity for our students to learn, get competitive experience, and show the rest of the country how our first-class advocacy program is molding the future leading attorneys of tomorrow. We are in debt to them for their generosity.”

The NVLMCC was first organized in 2009 as the Veterans Law Appellate Advocacy Competition and is the nation’s premier moot court competition focusing on veterans law. Hosted every fall in Washington, D.C., the competition brings together teams of students from around the country to argue cutting edge veterans law issues before panels of distinguished practitioners and judges. The NVLMCC prides itself on the authenticity of it problems and the quality of its judges. The record on appeal for each competition is highly detailed and the documents included look like the evidence that would be found in a real veterans law case. The final round of each NVLMCC has been judged by a panel of actual judges of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in the CAVC’s courtroom. Few, if any, moot court competitions can boast an experience that is so true to actual practice.

Hardison & Cochran is a personal injury, workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability firm serving the whole state of North Carolina. For the past three years, the firm has been named to the U.S. News and Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms’ list in the field of Workers’ Compensation—claimants for the Raleigh metropolitan area.

The firm’s managing partner, Benjamin T. Cochran, is a 2002 Campbell Law graduate. In addition to holding an AV Preeminent® rating, Cochran has been included in North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine list for the past eight years and listed in U.S. News and Best Lawyers® “The Best Lawyers in America” in the Workers’ Compensation – Claimants practice area for the past three years.

The firm’s vision centers on providing outstanding results gained from an experienced team of professionals with personal attention to the client and uncompromising integrity. To learn more, visit http://www.lawyernc.com/.