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Liberty law students finish in top 10 percent of nation

April 23, 2009

ABA Nationals

Liberty University School of Law is proud to announce the success of third-year law student (3L) Charis Mitchell (left) and second-year law student (2L) Ben Walton (right) as they competed in the finals of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition held in Chicago, Illinois, April 3-5.

The team of Mitchell and Walton advanced to the national competition after being declared Regional Champions earlier in March. After preliminary rounds against Samford and South Texas College of Law, the team advanced to the top 16 moot court teams in the country, placing them in the top 10% of all moot court teams that competed this year.

Professor Scott Thompson (middle), Director of the Center for Lawyering Skills, coached the team. "As a coach, I could not be more proud of what this team accomplished. They argued as well as any team at the tournament and glorified God with both the use of their talents and their demeanor throughout. It was a pleasure to coach them and to represent Liberty at the national championships."

Special thanks and considerations are extended on behalf of the team to all of the faculty members and Moot Court Board members who aided in the preparation for this year’s national tournament. Special recognition goes to Jeffrey Tuomala, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, who was instrumental in preparing Mitchell and Walton to answer intricate questions on foreign policy and presidential war powers.

Second-year law student and Moot Court Board member Melanie Mitroff served as the team’s bailiff at both the Regional and National competitions. Her invaluable insight and encouragement throughout both tournaments was greatly appreciated, according to Mitchell and Walton.