Sharon Lin 2L
Yishi Yin 2L
At the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition held in October in
Lin 2L had to be nimble and think quickly to respond to judges’ questions.
“I learned different techniques to
answering oral-argument questions that are way out of my comfort zone. I was
thrown quite a few curve ball questions, and I had to talk my way out of them,”
The questions weren’t
the only curve balls that Lin and teammate Yishi
Yin 2L encountered as the pair represented UNC’s Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA) at the competition, sponsored
by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
The UNC team placed in the top
four teams at the Southeast regional competition—without a coach, and without
solid funding until about two weeks before the
Professor Alexa Chew
“UNC had never
sent a team to the competition before, and yet
this year’s AALSA members identified the competition, organized the team, arranged
for funding and made it into the semifinals,”
says clinical associate
law professor Alexa Chew, the group’s faculty
four competing schools—for a total of seven teams—participated in the
competition in previous years and were coached by faculty or alumni who had been
involved as students.
was secured, Yin and Lin started preparing and coaching each other.
“Yishi and I worked nonstop
for two weeks straight, first focusing on creating a brief and then on our
oral arguments, especially an off-brief argument,” Lin says.
They were assisted by fellow AALSA board members
Josephine Kim 2L and Hillary Li 2L. Kim helped organize and found funding while
Li assisted with coaching,
helping them hone their arguments the night before the semifinal round.
Lin benefited by being in a
“Being able to put my oral-argument
skills to the test and seeing how they fared in comparison to other schools was
the most valuable part of participating in the competition,” Lin says. “I loved
hearing other teams’ oral arguments and seeing how I could learn from them.”
-November 4, 2015