College of Law Teams Excel at Regional Moot Court Competition in Colorado

On November 9, two teams from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law competed against teams from Arizona State, the University of Arizona, the University of Colorado and the University of Wyoming in the Regional Moot Court Competition held at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Every year, two teams from each region advance to compete in the National Moot Court Competition, but those two teams cannot be from the same school. Once again this year, one of the teams that will advance is from the College of Law. 

The team of Stephen Dent and Jeremy Christiansen

The team of Stephen Dent and Jeremy Christiansen

The team of Stephen Dent and Jeremy Christiansen placed second overall and will compete in the national finals. The Dent/Christiansen team also had the best brief in the regional competition. They lost to a Colorado team in the final round by only 0.15 points. 

The other Utah team at the competition was Kirsten Allen and Ian Quiel. The Allen/Quiel team took third place overall. They beat the eventual fourth-place team from Colorado in a preliminary round before advancing to the semi-finals, where they were defeated by the Dent/Christiansen team. Adam Knorr, who was unable to travel to the competition, was the third member of this team.

Team coach Troy Booher said, “The students did a tremendous job both with their briefs and in their oral arguments. The judges in each round noted that the Utah teams had great command of the record and the case law. As one judge stated after a preliminary round, ‘I would not hesitate to hire you to represent me.’ The law school should be proud of how both teams preformed on Saturday.”

The team of Ian Quiel, Adam Knorr and Kirsten Allen

The team of Ian Quiel, Adam Knorr and Kirsten Allen

Booher thanked a number of people who helped prepare the teams for the regional competition, including staff members Carolynn Westenskow, Baiba Hicks and Suzanne Faddis. He also credited a number of volunteers who helped the teams, including Rita Cornish (’06) and Jess Krannich (’05) who each worked with a team and provided general advice for oral arguments.  In addition, he thanked the volunteer judges for practice rounds including Dick Baldwin (’13), Nathanael Mitchell (’13), Tim Considine (’10), Professor Teter, Professor Davies, Professor Rosky, Jonathan Pappasideris (’03), Cheylynn Hayman (’03), and Laurie Abbott (’13).  Booher further cited volunteers who served on panels to discuss their experiences as members of past moot court teams including Douglas Crapo (’13), Sarah Carlquist (’13), Rachel Wertheimer (’11), Jennifer Horne (’11), Ryan Beckstrom (’13), Jeff Van Hulten (’13), Meredith Krannich (’05), and Megan DePaulis (’09).

“Jeremy and Stephen now have the difficult task of following last year’s moot court team, which wrote the best brief in the nation and prevailed in the first two rounds in the national finals. In light of how they performed in Boulder, I think they are up to the challenge,” Booher concluded.

The National Moot Court Competition will be held February 10-13 in New York City.