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Even though it is only in its second year, the Moot Court Team at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, coached by the Center for Constitutional Liberty’s Director Dr. Kevin Vance, is already returning home from tournaments across the country victorious. This past semester, Benedictine team Isaac Michael and Jeff Schremmer won first place at a regional tournament in Forth Worth, Texas, defeating teams from many larger schools from all around the south-central United States. Junior Jeff Schremmer also won a first place orator award during the first day of competition.
In a different tournament half way across the country, another Benedictine team made up of Collin England and John Welte also qualified for the semi-national competition. At the tournament in Massachusetts, three teams competed, two of which made it through the single elimination rounds, and another of which was the first Benedictine team to defeat an Ivy League team.
Moot court teams research and argue a mock appellate case. Teams write appellate briefs and present oral arguments in front of judges. The side of the issue they argue is randomly assigned on the day day of the competition. Moot Court is helpful preparation for law school.
Jeff Schremmer, who also serves as the Student Body President, is grateful for all the valuable experiences he’s had through Moot Court. He said of his time at the tournament in Texas “My partner, Isaac Michael, and I were fortunate enough to place first in the Regional AMCA Moot Court Tournament in Texas and qualify for the Semi-national tournament in Las Vegas. I am very grateful to the Center for Constitutional Liberty for the opportunity to compete in Moot Court, as it helped me to improve my writing and public speaking skills and to grow in my understanding of the Constitution, American History, and Legal Jurisprudence.”
Collin England, one of the semi-nationals qualifiers, expressed his gratitude for Dr. Vance and the program, saying “I learned so much from my experience in Boston and I am grateful to have had the opportunity!”