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Team Wins Lone Prize in Cancelled Moot Court Competition

Peter Johnsen and Elia Robertson, Best Brief Winners National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, 2015

February 25, 2015

Moot Court Board members Pete Johnsen and Elia Robertson won the Best Brief prize at the 25th Annual National First Amendment Moot Court Competition.

Oral arguments were not held for the competition, scheduled for Feb. 19 at Vanderbilt University, because a winter storm forced its cancellation.

Competition organizers decided to judge the briefs, which had been submitted in advance.

Winning the sole prize, Johnsen and Robertson defeated competitors from 30 law schools across the country, which included Cornell University, the University of Michigan, the University of Connecticut, American University, the University of Maryland and the University of Georgia.

“This further solidifies my belief that they would have dominated at the competition,” said Allie Hallmark, an associate at Jacoby Donner who coached the team.

The prize concluded a particularly strong month for the Moot Court Board, with teams advancing to regional semi-finals in the International Trademark Association’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, the regional semi-finals at the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the regional semi-finals in the American Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Competition and two of the three top individual awards at the National Security Law Moot Court Competition.