Gordon T. Saad Moot Court Competition

Posted: Thu, 09/06/2012 - 09:20

The Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board hosted the Gordon T. Saad Moot Court Competition at Cumberland School of Law last week. This year, the intramural competition was combined with the Moot Court National Team try-outs, resulting in an exciting week showcasing excellent advocacy by 35 Cumberland students.

The Moot Court Board is greatly appreciative of the 25 judges and attorneys that assisted in judging the Saad, along with the three coaches for the National Team, Anne Lamkin Durward, Jim Henry, and Charlie Shah, for their dedicated service to the Moot Court Program at Cumberland.

After three intense rounds, the students advancing to the final competition were Brittany Norman, Courtney Bailey, Nico Arciniegas, and Sandra Koslin. The four finalists competed on the evening of Thursday, August 30, in front of an esteemed panel of judges including Alabama Solicitor General John Neiman, Deputy Solicitor General Andrew Brasher, Dean John Carroll, Joe Carlisle of Gilpin Givhan, and the Honorable Judge Dave Proctor who served as the chief justice for the final round. In a very close decision, the panel selected Sandra Koslin as the runner-up and Nico Arciniegas as the winner.

The Gordon T. Saad Moot Court Competition is a student directed intramural competition directed by Saad Associate Justice Meg Greer, National Team Associate Justices Carl Chang and Curt Tanner, and Chief Justice Abigail Bains.

Above picture from left to right: Solicitor General John Neiman, Courtney Bailey, Dean John Carroll, Runner-up Sandra Koslin, Judge Dave Proctor, Winner Nicolas Arciniegas,  Deputy Solicitor General Andrew Brasher, Brittany Norman, Joe Carlisle of Gilpin Givhan.  Picture courtesy Margaret Greer, Saad Associate Justice.