Moot Court Teams Have Successful Year

The spring semester is the time of year in which the moot court teams at Howard University School of Law storm the country to participate in competitions they’ve prepared for since the fall. Students on the Goler Teal Butcher International Moot Court Team, the Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court Team and the Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Team have all had tremendous success.

 

Goler Teal Butcher International Moot Court Team

The Goler Teal Butcher International Moot Court Team was the first team to begin competing. The team members competed in three different competitions including one that was held internationally. Nyajuok Deng and Rachele Alexandre competed at the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition at American University and Ms. Deng was awarded the Second Best Oralist award. Helen Osun, Geraldine Youkou Damey, and Melody Temidara competed at the D.M. Harish International Moot Court Competition hosted by the Government Law College of Mumbai in India. The team was recognized as the Third Best Team and Ms. Osun was recognized as the Third Best Oralist. Linsay Sobers, Chloe Sellers, Chayhann Mars, Ore Kasunmu, and Crystal Nwaogu competed in the world-renowned Jessup International Moot Court-Mid-Atlantic rounds and were recognized as one of the top four teams. Nwaogu stated that, it was “great practical experience that taught me to think on my feet.”

To learn more about the team, click the link below:

http://law.howard.edu/content/goler-teal-butcher-international-moot-cour...

 

Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court Team

The Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court Team competed and excelled at various competitions around the nation. Brittney Sealy, Manonh Soumahoro, Miles Taylor, and Niya Rafari-Pearson competed in the Harold H. Greene & Joyce Hens Greene National Security Moot Court Competition at George Washington University Law School. Ms. Sealy and Ms. Soumahoro advanced to the quarter-finals. Ashley Jones, Olivia Sedwick, Lakeisha Mays, and Ryvell Fitzpatrick competed at the Global Antitrust Institute Invitational where Ms. Jones and Ms. Sedwick advanced to the semifinals and won Second-Best Brief. Safiya Edwards and Brittni Hamilton competed at the D.C. Cup Moot Court Competition hosted by the D.C. Bar. The team advanced to the finals rounds and won second-place overall. Monica Del Villar and Charity Ogbeide competed at the William B. Spong Tournament at William & Mary School of Law. On his experience, Mr. Ogbeide said, “It was good life experience, because it shows you that if a situation is not going as planned, you have to assess it and make the best of it.” 

Brittney Martin, captain of the Charles Hamilton Houston team, and Madison Gibbs a third year member, won the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. In response to their phenomenal achievement, Dean Danielle Holley-Walker stated, “We are very proud of your accomplishments and the dedication of your coaches and the entire CHH National Moot Court Team.” While recognizing all of the hard work the moot court teams put into their competitions, Professor Waris Husain, who coaches the international team, said, “This is great inspiration for all of our moot court and trial ad competitors.”

Other members of the Charles Hamilton Houston Moot Court Team saw success as well. Prenella Kennedy and Andrew Phillips competed in the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition at West Virginia University College of Law. Aleea Stanton and Tasherra Newbill beat out 40 teams, finishing as semifinalist at the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition at Seton Hall Law School. The team has two more competitions scheduled, the Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition at Brooklyn Law School and the Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition at Elon Law.

To learn more about the team, click the link below:

http://law.howard.edu/content/charles-hamilton-houston-moot-court-team

 

Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Team

The Huver I. Brown Trial Advocacy Team started its competitions with Jennifer Moore and Patrick Troxler competing at the National Trial Competition at American University Washington College of Law in Washington DC. They advanced to the quarter-final round of the competition. Jarrell Blakemore, Georges Hetherington, Troy Jackson, and Roland Swanson competed at the Ninth Annual Capitol City Challenge, hosted by American University Washington College of Law.  Of twenty teams competing, the Huver Brown team was selected as one of the top eight teams to advance to the quarterfinals round. Additionally, Mr. Jackson was recognized as the Best Defense Advocate at the competition. Courtney Bates, Sidni Rouse, Santia McLaurin, and Melissa Singleton competed in the American Association for Justice Competition, which was held at the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

Next the Huver I. Brown team traveled to Chicago, where second-year students Jarelle Blakemore, Troy Jackson, Rachelle Pointdujour, and LaChe Thomas competed in the American Bar Association and the John Marshall Law School National Criminal Justice Trial Competiton. Mr. Jackson brought back the Best Closing Argument award. Patrick Troxley, Jennifer Moore, Lauren Jackson, and Roland Swanson competed in the Sixth Annual Mock Trial Competition Houston, Texas on March 29-April 2. “Congratulations are in order for Jarrell Blakemore, Lauren Jackson, Jennifer Moore, and Roland Swanson on their outstanding performance,” said team member Patrick Troxley in an email to the law school community. “This amazing group advanced all the way to the semi-finals, where they won the Martin, Disiere, Jefferson & Wisdom trophy for finishing as one of the top four competing teams out of 32 total.” In addition to that impressive finish, Jennifer Moore won the Clark Award for Best Advocate overall, beating out 128 competitors.

To learn more about the team, click the link below:

http://law.howard.edu/content/huver-i-brown-trail-advocacy-moot-court-team

By Nyajuok Deng
Assistant, Office of Publications and Communications