Energy Law Moot Court Team Competes Admirably at National Competition

Oct 18, 2013 | Stegner Center

The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Energy Law Moot Court Team of Kimberly Barnes, David Mooers-Putzer, and Tera Woods competed admirably at the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition March 16-17 in Morgantown, West Virginia.

According to coach and Professor Lincoln Davies, the team achieved a number of accomplishments in the competition.  “They earned the award for the third-best brief in the competition.  David Mooers-Putzer was ranked the seventh-best overall oralist in the preliminary rounds.  And the team advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the competition, where the three-judge panel ruled that the College of Law team was narrowly defeated by the team from Texas Tech, which subsequently went on to win the tournament championship. In that final round, the judges gave our team high praise for their performance, likening it favorably to oral advocacy observable in federal appellate courts.”

Davies added that the team would like to extend its thanks to all of those who helped in preparation for the tournament, particularly those who donated their time to judging practice rounds: Vicki Baldwin, Sarah Carlquist, Douglas Crapo, Lynn Davies, Gary Dodge, Dani Hawkes, Jen Horne, Megan Houdeshel, Mike Keller, Megan McKay, Liz Silvestrini, Dean Adler, and Professors Chiang, Craig, Reitze, Rosky, Schwartz, and Teter.

“I am extremely proud of the team,” Davies concluded. “They deserve high commendation for their performance, dedication and hard work, and how they represented our school.”

The Stegner Center appreciates the generosity of our donors whose support makes is possible for us to send a student team to the moot court competitions. Donors included the Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law Section of the Utah State Bar, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, Lear & Lear LLP, Winder & Counsel PC, Tim Bywater, Jason Groenewold, Cameron Johnson, Mark Benjamin Machlis, Jim Moore and Kathryn Lindquist, Jessica Peterson, Jamie Pluene, Mark “Rod” Smith, and Laura Tanner.