Mary Anne Hamilton, Miriam Shepherd win 2020 Richard A. Lord Moot Court Competition

Photo of the screens of the competitors and Professor Ghiotto

RALEIGH — The Old Kivett Society announces the winners of the 2020 Richard A. Lord Moot Court Competition, which concluded Saturday, Oct.17.

The winning team, as determined by the final round judges, consisted of Mary Anne Hamilton and Miriam Shepherd.

The Rick Edmundson Award, which is calculated by total Oral Preliminary Scores plus Brief Scores, was won by Miriam Shepherd.

The Best Overall Advocate award was won by Miriam Shephard.

The Best Brief Award went to the team of Peyton Butt and Justin Lockett

The competition was the result of an incredible amount of hard work by the Old Kivett Society and our student advocates, said Professor Anthony J. Ghiotto, Assistant Professor of Law & Director of Advocacy Programs.

“This year, 45 students competed and they were we assisted by 29 professors, alumni and staff members who served as judges and by 11 alumni who graded briefs,” he said. “The competition’s namesake, Professor Richard Lord served as the Chief Justice for the final round and was highly impressed by our finalists – Mary Anne Hamilton, Miriam Shepherd, Michael Vitale and Brandon Brower.”

Ghiotto added, “The fact that we were able to have this robust and successful of a competition — held completely virtually for the first time — during an ongoing pandemic, is a testament to the dedication and professionalism of Chelsey Wilson, Troy Schlultingkemper and all of our student advocates.  They embody our commitment to leading with purpose and developing competent and professional advocates.  Please do congratulate all of them and thank you all for your continued support.”

Comprised of 15 third-year and second-year students, the Old Kivett Society annually organizes the Richard A. Lord Intramural Moot Court Competition, the Campbell Law Negotiation Intramural Competition and the Richard T. Bowser Intramural Client Counseling Competition.


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