A Belmont University College of Law Moot Court Team was crowned national champion at this past weekend’s Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition in Atlanta. Both of Belmont’s teams who competed in oral arguments were completely undefeated by any other school. Due to the competition’s set-up, Belmont’s teams faced each other in the semifinal round and the winning team earned the championship title by a narrow margin.
The national champion team included students Marisa Garcia, Joseph North, and Richard Swor. The semi-finalist team included students Curtis Campbell, Sarah Ferraro, and Sarah Martin. North also took home the Best Oralist Award for the entire competition, and the brief winning team of students Curtis Campbell, Sarah Ferraro and Crystal Micillo were ranked in the top five of the tournament.
While Emory has not yet released a full list of schools in attendance, there were 30 teams that competed in this competition from across the nation. Belmont beat teams from University of Georgia, Vermont Law School, Florida State University, University of Miami, South Texas, Ohio State University and Baylor.
The final round was adjudicated by a panel of three judges including the Honorable James O. Browning from the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, the Honorable Darrin P. Gayles from the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida and the Honorable Christopher J. McFadden, the presiding judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia.