RALEIGH, N.C. – Campbell Law School students Scarlett VanStory and Hunt Willis advanced to the final four and authored the fifth-best brief at the recent National Moot Court Regional Competition (Region IV) in Richmond, Va. The competition was sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association.
Adam Sholar, a 2009 Campbell Law graduate and clerk for Supreme Court of North Carolina Associate Justice Paul Newby, coached the duo.
The pair collected decisive wins in both of the preliminary rounds, standing as one of just five teams to go undefeated. Arguing opposite Charlotte School of Law, which argued for the petitioner, in the first round, they gave excellent presentations and responded appropriately to points raised by both petitioner and judges. They followed that by arguing for the petitioner, off brief, and defeating George Mason University.
In the elimination rounds, VanStory and Willis began with the takedown of a team from the University of Louisville by giving impressive arguments and engaging the judges in spirited conversation about the petitioner’s proposed rules. Facing a strong squad from Duke University in the final four, they once against argued, off brief, for the petitioner. VanStory and Willis gave a very impressive rebuttal, which the judges later referred to as “excellent” and “textbook,” however ultimately fell by a slim 1.4 point margin.
“Hunt and Scarlett served as great ambassadors for Campbell Law at this competition,” said Campbell Law Advocacy Director and Professor Dan Tilly. “They put in many long and difficult hours preparing for the competition. Their brief and oral argument scores are a testament to their natural abilities and hard work. They continued our long tradition of moot court competition success and we are immensely proud of them.”
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