Congratulations to the Marquette National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) team! On Saturday, our students distinguished themselves at the Boston regional NAAC competition. Stephen Boyett, Carrie Devitt, and Jessie Franklin won each of their five rounds of competition, and they will be advancing to the National Finals in April. Elizabeth Champeau and Thomas Worsfold advanced to the semifinal round. The students also distinguished themselves in obtaining high scores on their briefs.
Approximately 190 teams entered the competition and are participating in six regional competitions. Only the top four teams from each regional round advance to the National Finals in Chicago.
Both teams have worked hard to prepare for competition. The students put many hours into preparing their briefs and oral arguments. We appreciate the assistance that many local practitioners and law faculty gave us in preparing for the oral arguments. We are especially grateful to Attorney Michael Cerjak, a 2008 law alum and former NAAC competitor, who organized and attended numerous practice rounds. Michael surprised the team by flying out for the final rounds on Saturday.
Congratulations, Team! I’m proud of you!!