Regent School of Law—Awards & Honors

Regent University School of Law’s Center for Advocacy teams have won more than 90 national and regional championships, best brief, and best oralist awards.

The center trains students in the legal skills of negotiation, trial advocacy, and appellate advocacy, developing competition teams that are among the top teams in the nation.

In addition to the following highlights, view a complete list of team wins here.

At the close of the 2015-2016 Moot Court competition season, Regent University School of Law ranked fifth in the nation for Best Moot Court Program by the annual report of the University of Houston Law. Law schools that rank within the top 16 are invited to Houston in January 2017 to participate in the national championship. Regent ranked above schools such as the University of Virginia, Baylor University Law School, Colombia University Law School, and Duke University Law School to qualify for the competition.

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Regent Law team members Glenn Reynolds '16, Courtney Marasigan '17, and Alexandra McPhee '17 – coached by LAW assistant professor Tessa Dysart – won the Charleston Moot Court Competition. Reynolds earned the title "best oralist" for the final round of the competition.

Regent Law's moot court team of Jessica Rigsbee '17 and Chelsea Harkins '17 finished second-place overall at the Robert R. Merhige, Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition at the University of Richmond. The team was coached by LAW professor Eric DeGroff.

At the J. Gibbons Moot Court Competition at Seton Hall Law in Newark, New Jersey, Regent's moot court team achieved the title of "quarterfinalists." Kathleen Knudsen '16, Renee Knudsen '16, and Andrew Butler '16 were coached by LAW professor James Duane. R. Knudsen earned the title of "best oralist"; Butler took home the "second-best oralist" honor.

Each January, the top 16 Moot Court programs in the United States are invited to participate in the annual Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship at the University of Houston. Regent was selected to participate after being ranked 8th in the nation by the University of Houston Law Center at the conclusion of the 2015 competition season. During the competition January 28-29, students Renee Knudsen, Palmer Horst, and Marie Dienhart defended their way to second-place in the nation, just behind Georgetown as they competed with teams from schools such as Southern Methodist University, New York University and Texas Tech University. The Regent team also took home the award for best brief.

The Regent Law Team of Christy Hurst, Palmer Hurst and Sandra Alcaide won first place at Regional Rounds in the Americas of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in New York City. The team won the best brief, and Alcaide earned the marks for best oral advocate. This is the second year in a row that a team from Regent has swept the competition. They will advance to the international championship rounds of the competition at Oxford University March 30-April 2nd, the same competition where Regent's team placed second in the world in 2013.

Regent University's School of Law was ranked in the top 10 for Best Moot Court Program in the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship rankings by the University of Houston Law Center. Regent was ranked 8th among 202 American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law schools in the United States, placing above schools such as Harvard School of Law, Yale School of Law and New York University School of Law.

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Regent University School of Law teams are continuing their victorious arguing streaks at various competitions in the United States.

Earlier in February, two Regent Law Moot Court teams competed at the George Washington School of Law Religious Freedom Moot Court competition. Out of the 28 teams competing, both of Regent's School of Law teams continued to the semi-final rounds. Paul Shakeshaft '15 was awarded the title of Best Oralist throughout the competition.

Pictured: Regent Moot Court Team at the GW School of Law Religious Freedom Moot Court competition. Photo courtesy of Tessa Dysart.

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On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2015, third-year Regent Law student Jessica Krentz '15, along with her teammates Lindsey Brower '15 and Carly Havens '15 took home first prize in the regional round of the Price International Moot Court Competition Americas Regional in New York City.

Pictured: Regent's Moot Court Team. Photo courtesy of Carly Havens.

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On March 28-29, 2014, Regent students competed in the fourth annual Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition at Elon University. The team, consisting of Regent law students Tiffany Bennett, Chelsea Schlittenhart and Jaclyn Walliser, advanced in the rounds from 25 participating teams and into the semifinal round.

During the competition, Bennett, Schlittenhart and Walliser also won the Best Brief Award for Petitions' Brief. The team lost by one point during the semifinal rounds to the winning team from Southwestern Law School.

Pictured: Regent's Moot Court Team at Elon University

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While exhibiting excellence in the classroom throughout their three years of law school is important to the legal profession, another vital component of training to become a lawyer is writing, researching and defending an argument.

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, Regent Law assistant professor Tessa Dysart led her team of 3L students, Drew Cziok, Chelsea Schlittenhart and Andrew Stevener through the 2014 National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition. The team finished in second place overall in the competition hosted by George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.

Pictured (L-R): Andrew Stevener, Chelsea Schlittenhart and Drew Cziok. Photo courtsey of Chelsea Schlittenhart.

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Regent Law’s Moot Court team finished second at the University of Oxford’s Price Media Law Moot Court Programme on April 12, 2013. Regent Law students Monica Bailey, Alexis Fenell, Kevin Hoffman, and Caleb Wan, and their coach Professor Michael Hernandez, traveled to Oxford, England, to argue a case on the rule of law and international norms for freedom of expression. 

Regent Law advanced to the international rounds from the 23-team Americas Regional and finished second out of 38 teams at the international rounds. Regent's team was the only team from the Americas Regional to advance to the final round.

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Continuing a tradition of excellence in legal competition, Regent Law's Alternative Dispute Resolution Board won the 2012 American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition, which was held from November 10-11 at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Pictured (L-R): Christopher Bell and Hannah Carter

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Regent's Moot Court team, which was composed of Andrew Kartchner, Jessica Pak, and Paul Bailey, won the Region IV Competition of the National Moot Court Competition sponsored by the New York Bar Association. Regent’s team also won the competition award for best brief. Held Nov. 16-17 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., the competition included 22 teams. The team went on to compete in the 2013 National Competition, where they earned second place for best brief.

Pictured (L-R): Paul Bailey, Jessica Pak, and Andrew Kartchner

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Regent's Moot Court team, which was composed of Tristen Cramer, Amy Vitale, and Megan Donley, finished as one of the top eight teams out of a field of 191 teams from around the country. Their competition brief was graded as the second best brief in the nation.

Pictured (L-R): Amy Vitale, Professor Mike Hernandez, Tristan Cramer, Megan Donley

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Two teams from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board placed among the top five teams in the American Bar Association National Negotiation Competition in New Orleans, which was held Feb. 3-4. Regent was the only law school to send two teams to this competition. The teams finished second and fifth place in the nation.

Pictured (L-R): Chris Bell, Hannah Carter, Professor Eric DeGroff, Braden Morgan, Shiann Ashenbrenner

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Amy Vitale, Linh Flores, and Matthew Roche beat 30 teams for second place overall at the 2011 Billings, Exum, and Frye National Moot Court Competition hosted at Elon University School of Law. They were also awarded best brief.

Pictured (L-R): Amy Vitale, Linh Flores, Matthew Roche.

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Jonathan Young received top individual honors as best oralist at this year’s William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Tournament hosted by William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Va.

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Of the 21 teams that competed, Regent Law students Annalise Lang, Jamie Barton, and Jonathan Young received third place overall in the 2011 William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Tournament hosted by William and Mary Law School.  

Pictured (L-R):  Annalise Lang, Jonathan Young, Jamie Barton


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Regent Law teams are two-for-two in winning the National Black Law Students Association International Negotiation Competition.

In 2010, Efrem Craig and Tiffany Verdell advanced past teams from Boston University and the University of Virginia to win the national championship, scoring 98 out of 100 in the final round.

NBLSA’s International Negotiation Competition is designed to hone the negotiation skills vital to a legal career while fostering an awareness of timely issues facing the global community. The winning team successfully negotiated real-life, cross-border conflicts over multiple 80 minute competition rounds.

Pictured (L-R): Efrem Craig, Tiffany Verdell

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Regent’s team of Kate Hart and David Johnson, who were coached by fellow Trial Advocacy Board member Lu Aloupas, defeated teams from the University of Virginia, William and Mary, and the University of Richmond to capture the 2010 Texas Young Lawyers Association Regional Championship.

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Kate Hart, Jerry Harris, Lu Aloupas, and David Johnson finished as the overall 2009 National Pretrial Champions. The team also won the best brief award and completed a clean sweep of the final round awards when Kate Hart was named best oral advocate for the semi-final round and Jerry Harris was named the best oral advocate for the final round.

Pictured (L-R): Kate Hart, Jerry Harris, Lu Aloupas, Prof. David Velloney, David Johnson

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The Moot Court team took first place honors at the William B. Spong, Jr. Invitational Moot Court Tournament, sponsored by William and Mary Law School.

Pictured (L-R): Audre Honnas, Professor Michael Hernandez, Chuck Slemp

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Our Alternative Dispute Resolution team won the Robert R. Merhige Jr. National Environmental Negotiation Competition held at the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law.

Pictured (L-R): Bo Holden, Professor Eric DeGroff, and Katy Dacanay

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Out of 31 moot court teams competing in the 2008 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Washington, D.C., two teams from Regent Law emerged as Regional Champions and advanced to the national finals. Two of Regent's teams also won first and second best brief awards at the regional competition.

Pictured Front (L-R): James Nealis, Josh Jewett, Rhonda Kinard

Pictured Back (L-R): John Legg, Valerie Kuntz, Cort Walker

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In 2007, two Regent Law students went head-to-head with 219 other teams from the nation’s top law schools to take first place in the prestigious American Bar Association National Negotiation Competition.

This marked the second consecutive national win for Regent Law.

Pictured: Steven Pfeiffer, Dawn Young

In 2006, a team of Regent Law students won the ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition, winning the moot court contest and placing first for the nation’s Best Brief.  (Video below: Dannielle Hall, Dean Scharnhorst, Andrew Baugher, Moot Court National Champions.)