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October 1, 2012
Old Kivett Advocacy Council Holds 2012 Richard A. Lord Moot Court Competition

RALEIGH, N.C. –Campbell Law’s Old Kivett Advocacy Council (OKAC) hosted the 2012 Richard A. Lord Moot Court Competition, Sept. 26 – Sept. 29, at the law school. Approximately 118 second-year students and 150 guest judges, including more than 70 Campbell Law alumni, participated in the action.

Retired Campbell Law Professor Rick Lord poses with students

This year’s problem featured a legislative act, “The Drug Free Texifornia Act of 2010,” which was passed amidst the rising abuse of crystal methamphetamine in the fictional state of “Texifornia.” The Drug Free Act prohibited certain methods of advertising for products containing the active ingredient pseudoephedrine, which is used to produce crystal meth. Arguments were required to address two issues:  first, whether a company that is subjected to a speech restriction may bring a pre-enforcement challenge to that statute if the Attorney General has stated that the provision will not be enforced and, second, whether the Drug Free Act’s in-store advertising provision infringes on the company’s First Amendment rights.

The final round was judged by the competition’s namesake, retired Campbell Law Professor Rick Lord, as well as The Honorable Robert H. Edmunds, Jr., Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, The Honorable Willis P. Whichard, former justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and former dean of Campbell Law, and Timothy G.  Nelson, associate at Brooks Pierce.

Katie Greene and Elizabeth Wilkinson were declared winners of the competition, while Harper Gwatney and Lily Van Patten also served as finalists. Mary Claire Brown and Sarah Edwards collected the Best Brief award, while Brown also received the Rick Edmundson Award. Best Oralist was awarded to Colin McGrath.

Comprised of 12 third-year and second-year students, the OKAC 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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