McCarthy v. U.S., Brief for Petitioner (Third Best Brief, 2007 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition). Embargoed until 2010.


The ABA Law Student Division's National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a 40-page brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court. This year the teams argued the case McCarthy v. United States, a fictional appeal, to the Supreme Court.

Second-year students Shunta R. Harmon, Leslie B. Horne and Rebecca captured the regional championship and third best brief. Third-year student Stephen A. Shea and second-year students Jennifer S. Blakely and Ellen H. Persons were regional finalists. Serving as coaches were third-year students Cristine L. Patterson and Phillip R. Green, and Holly A. Pierson, Esq., served as advisor.

The ABA competition routinely features approximately 180 teams from across the country participating in regional competitions with only 20 teams advancing to the national tier of the competition each spring. Over the past 10 years, Georgia Law has captured eight ABA regional championships.