Mercer Law Quarterfinalist in National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Third-year students Ashley Vandevender, Chris Perniciaro, and Warren Tillery competed in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) on April 10-11, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Among the more than 200 teams from law schools across the country that entered this year’s NAAC, Mercer Law students advanced all the way to the national quarterfinals, placing them among the top eight teams in the entire country. They narrowly missed advancing to the national semifinals following a close round against Texas Tech. Mercer Law students also received an award for the fifth best brief at the national competition.

In February 2014, the team competed and won their regional competition in Seattle, Washington, where they competed against 35 other teams. Mercer Law was one of only four teams in the regional competition to advance to the national competition. Read about the team’s regional competition win here.

The NAAC, which is sponsored by the ABA’s Law Student Division, is one of the most prestigious moot court competitions in the United States. The NAAC emphasizes the development of written and oral advocacy skills through the creation of realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate as attorneys in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.