Mercer’s team of second year students Ashley Akins, Jacquelyn Smith, and Tom Allmond 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 23-24. The team also won second place for best petitioner’s brief. Professor Jim Fleissner and student Michael George coached the team.
"Ashley, Jacque, and Tom did a splendid job representing the law school and the Mercer Advocacy Council,” said Professor Fleissner. “To me, more important than the hardware they brought home is the team's sense that they performed their best under the pressure of competition and improved their advocacy skills. That sense of accomplishment and learning is always the bigger victory."
In the competition Mercer’s team competed in a field of 42 teams from 42 law schools representing 21 states and the District of Columbia. After preliminary round matches against Albany and George Mason, Mercer’s team qualified for the elimination bracket of 16 teams. They defeated the University of Southern California in the round of 16, Emory in the quarterfinals, and Wayne State in the semifinals. The final round was held in the packed moot court room at Seton Hall Law School and was judged by a distinguished panel including John J. Gibbons, the former Chief Judge of the Third Circuit. In the final, Mercer lost a very close decision to the team from New York University.