Georgia Law wins Craven national moot court competition


UGA law school moot court teams win national competition, regional tournament

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia School of Law students recently the won the 39th J. Braxton Craven Jr. Memorial Competition and captured the top position in a regional round of the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition.

The moot court team competing in the Craven competition consisted of second-year students Matthew B. “Matt” Rosenthal, Christopher D. “Chris” Stokes and Tayah Woodard. The trio won first place after beating 24 teams from law schools across the country, including Florida State University in the last round. They also earned the competition’s Best Brief Award.

Third-year students D. Tyler “Ty” Adams and Kathleen B. “Kate” Hicks won the regional title in a National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and the pair will now advance to the national tier of the tournament to be held in Chicago during April. Adams was also presented with the contest’s Best Oralist Award.

A second Georgia Law team finished as semifinalists in the National Appellate Advocacy regional round of competition. Second-year students Jacob S. “Jake” Edwards, Hannah S. Sells and Andrew Z.R. Smith represented Georgia Law and were presented with the 4th Best Brief Award. Notably, Edwards won the 5th Best Oralist Award.

“I am incredibly proud of our students and their performance in these moot court competitions,” said Kellie Casey, Georgia Law director of advocacy. “Fellow faculty member Thomas Burch and I have watched them from start to finish, and there was never a doubt in our minds that they would perform outstandingly.”

Third-year student Mical D. Carter served as the student coach for the Craven team, and third-year student G. Kevin Davis served the coach for the two National Appellate Advocacy teams.

UGA School of Law Consistently regarded as one of the nation’s top public law schools, Georgia Law was established in 1859. Its accomplished faculty includes authors of some of the country’s leading legal scholarship. The school offers three degrees—the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law—and is home to the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Georgia Law is proud of its long tradition of providing first-rate legal training for future leaders who will serve state and nation in both the public and private sectors. For more information, see