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ASL Moot Court Team Finishes in Top Nine in National Competition

GRUNDY, VA (March 4, 2019) – The Appalachian School of Law Moot Court team finished in the top nine teams in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace University last week.

The ASL team, comprised of Stewart Ball, Robert Evans and Payton Johnson was one of nine teams advancing to the semifinals out of a field of 60 teams.

Law school entrants in this year’s competition included Virginia schools, the University of Virginia; and Washington & Lee; top 20 schools, Columbia, Berkeley, Georgetown and Minnesota; and top environmental and natural resources programs including those at Lewis & Clark and Vermont.

In the three preliminary rounds, ASL’s team competed against Washington & Lee, Vermont, the University of Washington, University of Minnesota and Loyola (Cal). ASL’s Robert Evans was named a top oralist in the first preliminary round, and Payton Johnson was similarly recognized in the second preliminary round.

Based on the cumulative score of the three preliminary rounds, plus each team’s brief score, ASL was named a quarterfinalist. The quarterfinals and subsequent rounds are head-to-head-to-head single-elimination. In the quarterfinals Friday afternoon, ASL defeated teams from Loyola New Orleans and Mitchell Hamline.

The semifinals consisted of the nine top teams from the beginning field of 60. Among the semifinal teams in addition to ASL were Drake Law School, Georgetown University, LSU, University of Alabama, University of California Berkeley and the University of Washington.

ASL faced Alabama and Georgetown in the semifinals and in a close match, lost to Alabama. Ultimately, the competition was won by Berkeley.
“We are proud of our ASL team and their performance at the national competition,” said ASL Professor Mark Belleville, who coaches the team. “We received considerable positive feedback from the judges and other team coaches regarding the ability and the professionalism of the ASL team which speaks well not only of the members of this year’s ASL team, but also serves as a testament to the education they are receiving here at ASL.”

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ASL third year law students Payton Johnson, Stewart Ball and Robert Evans recently competed in the Pace Law School National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. The competition is the premier environmental law moot court competition in the country and the largest moot court competition on any topic.

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March 4, 2019

Media Contact: Cathy St. Clair – 276.202.0383 or cstclair@asl.edu