Mercer’s team of second year student Brittany Schwanitz, and third year students Adam Gadberry and Robert Cabe captured second place in the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition. The competition was hosted by Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey on March 21-22. The team also won second place for best respondent’s brief. Professor Jim Fleissner and students Catherine Vollertsen and Ashley Vandevender coached the team.
"Brittany, Adam and Robert did a wonderful job representing the Law School and the Mercer Advocacy Council,” said Professor Fleissner. “It is satisfying for the students to achieve competitive success, but the more important outcome achieved by Mercer’s moot court advocates is the learning from the experience of engaging in advocacy at a high level. Through their hard work, the members of the team clearly achieved that ultimate objective.”
In the competition Mercer’s team competed in a field of team representing 44 law schools from over 20 states and the District of Columbia. After advancing from the preliminary rounds, Mercer defeated John Marshall - Chicago in the round of 16, New York University in the quarterfinals, and New York Law School in the semifinals. In the final round, Mercer lost a very close match against the University of Miami. The final round was held in the packed moot court room at Seton Hall Law School and was judged by a distinguished panel including one current and one former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice and John J. Gibbons, the former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The panel was very complimentary of Mercer’s team and stressed the closeness of the match.