Mercer Law Students Win Regional National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Two teams of third year Mercer Law students competed in one of six regional competitions for the ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition on Feb. 21-23, 2014, in Seattle, Washington. Team members Ashley Vandevender, Chris Perniciaro and Warren Tillery won four of their five rounds, thereby becoming one of only four teams to win the regional competition and advance to the national competition to be held in April 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The team of Lauren Miller, Maria McLendon and Michael Weldon also completed in the regional competition, narrowly missing advancing beyond the three preliminary rounds. Mercer Law School competed against 34 other teams from law schools across the country at the regional competition.

“All six students represented Mercer Law with great distinction. The judges universally complimented the students on their poise, preparation, and oral advocacy skills. I’m extremely proud of both teams,” said Lindsay Bozicevich, the team’s coach and Mercer’s advocacy competitions coordinator.

The National Appellate Advocacy Competition (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 fron