Moot court program completes inaugural Peter Henning competition

Wayne State University Law School's Moot Court program concluded its inaugural Peter Henning Moot Court Competition earlier this month. Of the 30 junior members who participated in the two-day competition, 2L Chloe Brueck prevailed as the Fall 2022 In-House champion.

During the competition's Preliminary Rounds, judges evaluated oral advocates based on the substantive content of their arguments, knowledge of the record, extemporaneous abilities, and courtroom demeanor. The top eight oralists from the preliminaries advanced to the competition's upper rounds the next day.

"We're extremely proud of all our junior members," said Dominica Convertino, moot court chancellor. "Each oralist spent innumerable hours over the semester to prepare for this competition, and their hard work was evident through their nuanced, thoughtful, and sophisticated legal arguments."

Convertino further noted a "profound appreciation for the nearly fifty practicing lawyers, law professors, and judges who graciously volunteered to participate in this competition."

Among those volunteers were judges of the competition's Final Round: Michigan Court of Appeals Chief Judge Elizabeth Gleicher, Wayne Law Professor William Ortman, and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Professor Karen McDonald Henning, whose late husband, Professor Peter Henning, inspired the competition's new name.

The competition's top eight oralists who advanced beyond the Preliminary Rounds are Chloe Brueck, TK Khan, Aleksandra (Aleksa) Luca, Ila Zielke, Amia Jackson, Maxwell (Max) Rosen, Connor Schram, and Akshita Verma.

Each year, junior members of Moot Court extensively research legal issues in unsettled areas of the law. In addition to oral advocacy preparation, Junior members are enrolled in Appellate Advocacy—an upper-level writing course taught by Professor Amy Neville. According to Neville, who also serves as the Moot Court faculty advisor, this program is invaluable in preparing students for their future career. "Appellate advocacy hones students' brief-writing skills and, as a result, makes them stronger oral advocates," added Neville.


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