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School of Law students place as national quarterfinalist in moot court competition

Students from the School of Law recently finished as quarterfinalists in the National Moot Court Competition in New York City. The team, made up of third-year students Marie E. Greene, Kevin P. Murphy and Ashley L. Scruggs, advanced to the national tier of the competition after placing first in the regional rounds held in Atlanta during November.

“The quality of talent in New York was incredibly high,” said Kellie Casey Monk, director of advocacy. “To finish in the top eight among such qualified teams is a great accomplishment for both the law school and our students.”

The UGA team defeated the University of California Hastings School of Law and the University of San Francisco School of Law to eventually place in the top eight teams in the nation.

This was Georgia Law’s eighth trip to the national tier of the National Moot Court Competition in the past 10 years. In 2002-03, the school finished as a national semifinalist, while in 2007-08, 2005-06 and 2003-04 Georgia teams were national quarterfinalists.

Considered one of the premier moot court competitions in the country, the National Moot Court Competition attracts more than 150 teams each year. The tournament allows law students to hone their appellate advocacy skills by arguing before prominent members of the legal profession.