Congratulations to Haley Mowdy and Stephen Carl of Baylor Law School, who won Best Team at the 2018 National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition, and thanks to everyone who competed in this year’s competition! Nineteen teems from 15 law schools took part this year, which marked the 10th year of the competition.
The winning Baylor team faced off against Bryan Medema and Kuliaikanu’u Petzoldt of the George Washington University Law School. Bryan and Kulia won the Best Petitioner’s Brief award; Best Respondent’s Brief went to Travis Linthicum and William Farmer of South Texas College of Law Houston. Samuel Fox of Pepperdine University School of Law won Best Oral Advocate after earning the highest scores in the two preliminary rounds of the competition.
The final round was judged by Chief Judge Robert Davis, Judges Toth and Falvey, and Senior Judge Lawrence Hagel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The Semifinal rounds were judged by Judge Michael Allen of the CAVC; Amy Odom, president of the CAVC Bar Association and an attorney with Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick, and Megan Kral, a past president of the CAVC Bar Association and an attorney with the Veterans Court Litigation Group at VA’s Office of General Counsel.
Thanks to all the competitors, coaches, and volunteers from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the CAVC Bar Association, and GW Law who made our 10th competition a tremendous success, and a special thanks to the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program for donating the trophies for this year’s competition.
The 15 schools competing in this year’s competition were: American University Washington College of Law; Baylor Law School; Brooklyn Law School; Campbell University School of Law (a first-time competitor); Elon University School of Law; Emory University School of Law; the George Washington University Law School (one of two schools to compete all 10 years); New York Law School; Pepperdine University School of Law; South Texas College of Law Houston; Stetson University College of Law (the other school to compete all 10 years); Syracuse University College of Law; University of Detroit Mercy College of Law; University of Florida Levin College of Law; and Widener University School of Law.