Earlier this month, Regent University’s Moot Courtroom was filled to the brim with trial advocate competitors from all over the nation who participated in the Leroy R. Hassell Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition, hosted annually by Regent’s School of Law (LAW).
Fall Semester 2015 marked the 15th year that LAW has hosted the competition. This year 15 teams, made up of about 50 competitors, participated in the event. The chief justice, for whom the competition was named, was the first African-American to preside on the Virginia Supreme Court.
“He was a great friend of this school,” said Jason Rodriguez ’16 (LAW), chairman of Regent’s Moot Court team. And though Hassell passed away in early 2011, the school continues to host the competition in his honor.
Rodriguez was active in his hospitality service to the competitors. He and his teammates had an “all hands on deck” approach to the weekend, ensuring the competitors and various speakers were comfortable and had necessary transportation.
“It’s really an amazing opportunity to meet with people and to talk with competitors,” said Rodriguez. “It’s always cool to see their reaction to Regent.”
According to Rodriguez, the competition always reflects well on Regent’s Moot Court Board, and helps hone in on the true definition of service.
“It also gives us a great opportunity to see what it’s like out there practicing law in reality,” said Rodriguez.
“Hosting the competition gave Regent Law the opportunity to foster excellence in appellate advocacy skills by providing competitors with engaging issues and outstanding judges,” said Matthew Dunckley ’16 (LAW), legal writing director for the board.
Dunckley enjoyed spending time with the visiting justices, judges and Regent Law alumni, and said he is excited for the year of advocacy trial competitions ahead.
“The people are the most important part of any competition Regent Law hosts,” said Dunckley. “At times the event felt like a reunion of friends from whom I’ve learned and continue to learn much. Personally I hope I imparted greater joy in those around me during their experience here, and I am confident that next year’s board will carry on the tradition of demonstrating servant leadership in the joy of the Lord.”
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