Holderness Moot Court Negotiations Teams Coker Holmes, Evan Dancy, Jasmine Plott, and Rana Odeh. Plott and Odeh tied for first place in the regional competition.
With the end of the Fall 2018 competition season concluding in
November, UNC School of Law’s Holderness Moot Court represented the school with the same types of success that it marked in 2017.
The highlights this year include:
3Ls Rana Odeh and Jasmine Plott, members of UNC Holderness
Moot Court’s 3L American Bar Association (ABA) Negotiations Team, tied for
first place in their regional competition at Elon Law School in November. Odeh
and Plott will compete for the national championship in Chicago in
January. Carolina Law was also represented brilliantly at the regional
competition by Evan Dancy and Coker Holmes, the other 3L members of the
Holderness ABA Negotiations Team. Both teams were coached by Professor Sam
Jackson ’77. This is the second time in three years that Jackson has qualified
a Holderness team for the ABA National Negotiations Championship.
In November, all six members of the Holderness National Team
brought home honors. The team competed at the Fourth U.S. Court of Appeals in
Richmond, Va., at the regional competition of the National Moot Court
Tournament. The team of Tyra Pearson 3L, Megan Shook 3L and Edward Woodall 3L shared
the tournament's top recognition for “Best Brief.”
Rachel Kokenes 3L, Marie Farmer 3L and Matt Hinson 3L just
missed advancing to the semifinal round and, instead, shared the tournament's “Elite
Eight” honors. Last year, the same team brought home “Elite Eight” honors from
the Charleston National Constitutional Law Moot Court Tournament.
Four 2L members of the Holderness International
Team – Michael Peretz, Zachary Shufro, Claire Smith and Jennifer Cofer – traveled
with Martin H. Brinkley ’92, dean and Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor of
Law, to London to compete in the Middle Temple competition over fall break in
“This fall, former Dean Ken Broun and I
accompanied our Holderness International Team to London, where they competed
against four students from the Middle Temple – one of the four medieval inns of
court where Britain has trained barristers for centuries,” says Brinkley. “Our
Carolina Law students more than equaled – they usually outperformed – their
competitors, getting rich feedback in oral argument technique from panels of
British and American judges. All this in historic courtroom settings at the Old
Bailey and the Royal Courts of Justice. This is one of the most rewarding
things I’ve done as dean. I couldn’t have been prouder of our students.”
The Holderness International Moot Court Team at Middle Temple in London.
Holderness Moot Court also recognizes the following students
who represented UNC this fall:
In New York City, at the Hispanic Latino/Latina
Law Student Association Competition: 3Ls Sana’a Bayyari and Natalie
In Fort Lauderdale, at the Asian American Law
Student Association’s Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition: 3Ls Tae Hun Park and
Xiaolu Sheng, and 2Ls Nur Kara and Brett Orren.
In Atlanta, at the Emory Civil Rights and
Liberties Moot Court Competition: 3Ls Alexis Weiss, Joscelyn Solomon, Daniel
Kale, Lindsay Frazier and Michael Roberson.
In Virginia, at the William & Mary Law
School Negotiation Tournament, 2Ls Briana Kelly, Lena Madison, Kylie Norman and
In New York City, at the ABA National
Arbitration Competition, 3Ls Blake Benson, Sheri Dickson, Rebecca Floyd and
Richard Lowden, and 2Ls Mollie McGuire, Anna Gillespie, Chelsea Pieroni, and
“Holderness is incredibly proud of our teams and their
effort,” says Donald Hornstein, Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law and faculty
advisor to the Holderness Moot Court program. “We look forward to next semester
and our continued success.”
-December 7, 2018