Belmont University’s moot court teams traveled to Brooklyn, New York for the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) sponsored by the American Bar Association on Feb. 16-17. The two Belmont teams competed against 32 teams from a range of schools nationwide including Wayne State, Pepperdine, Texas A&M and Seton Hall, among others.
Samantha McCaleb, named 8th Best Advocate in the region, Frank Toub and Carli Tuttle were Belmont’s regional semifinalist team.
Belmont’s regional champion team consisted of Katelyn Barham, Madeline Gilmore, and Alex Schramkowski, who was named the No. 1 Best Advocate in the region for the second year in a row.
The regional champion team will travel to Washington, D.C. for the national finals in April. This is Belmont’s seventh year to compete in the NAAC competition, as well as its seventh straight year to be regional champions and advance to nationals.
“This team is the only complete team to win back-to-back regional championships,” moot court coach and Belmont College of Law faculty Amy Moore said. “This is the first year we have been able to return to in-person competitions– through it all we have grown and thrived, and I am so proud of each one of them.”
The moot court teams were supported by former champions and alumni who gave insight and advice and watched rounds. Erik Halvorson, a 2022 Belmont Law alumnus and adjunct faculty member, served as an assistant coach for the team this year.