LMU Law Moot Court Team Competes at ABA Competition for First Time

LMU Law Moot Court at NAAC

LMU Moot CourtSix Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) students competed in the American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) in Boston, March 5-7. It marked the first time LMU Law entered teams in the prestigious national competition, which included 32 teams hailing from top-ranked law schools across the country.


The ABA Law Student Division NAAC is a moot court competition that emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Moot court competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal of 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. 

Third-year law students Adam Brock-Dagnan and Clint Coleman represented LMU Law in the brief writing competition. Both fared well, finishing in the top half of the scoring. Brock-Dagnan’s brief finished in sixth place while Coleman came in 16th overall.

A pair of LMU Law teams competed in the oral advocate portion of the competition. Third-year students Courteney Barnes-Anderson and Emily Morley paired for the first team, while fellow third years Miranda Dericco and Barbaraann Holladay made up the second. Barnes-Anderson and Morley defeated a team from Northeastern in a head-to-head round to advance to the quarterfinals. The pair finished in ninth place out of 32 teams, ahead of moot court teams from Ohio State, Arizona State, South Texas, Richmond, Seton Hall, Penn State, Houston, Akron, Charleston and Florida A&M.

The students were accompanied to the competition by Moot Court advisor Amanda Tonkin, an adjunct professor. Additionally, several members of the Knoxville Bar Association volunteered time to coach and judge the teams’ practice moots. Meagan Collver, Jason Collver, Judge Timothy Conner, Loretta Cravens, Kathryn Ellis, Professor Akram Faizer, Professor William Gill, Professor Stewart Harris, LuAnn Hileman, Jessica Jernigan-Johnson, Professor Katie Jones, Matthew Knable, Matthew B. Long, Dean Matthew Lyon, Amanda Morse, Mitchell Panter, Samantha Parris, Professor Melanie Reid, Chuck Sharrett, Alliston Starnes-Anglea, Kevin Tonkin, Mikel Towe and Judge Gary R. Wade all had a hand in the team’s success in its first national ABA competition.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU Law, call 865.545.5303 or visit us online at law.LMUnet.edu.

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