Mock Trial, Moot Court and Transactional Teams Finalize Successful Competition Season 

The University of Tennessee College of Law Moot Court Program wrapped the spring competition season, which included events around the country.  

Under the direction of the college’s Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and the Moot Court Executive Board at the University of Tennessee College of Law, more than 100 students gained practical advocacy experience before more than 30 members of the bench and bar. In addition, more than 30 students competed at the highest level in moot court, mock trial and transactional events around the country. 

“We are grateful for the excellence of our students and the expertise of our faculty and coaches,” said Rodd Barckhoff, Interim Director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and adjunct professor. “Our program provides incredible opportunities for our students while exemplifying teamwork, enthusiasm, and competitive spirit.”  

Highlights from spring competitions include: 

Grant Peterson and Richard Leary edged out Jenn Santero and Han Lemberg in the final round of the UT mock trial competition. Judge Nannette Baker, retired U.S. Magistrate and UT College of Law alumna, presided over the final round. Han Lemberg was named Outstanding Oralist. 

Gable Willis took first prize in our annual One-L Advocacy event.  

Luke Norton received the Susan Devitt National Moot Court Award, which honors the life and accomplishments of 1987 alumna Susan Devitt.  

Kyle Mangrum received the McClung Medal, which recognizes a single student for their overall excellence in the program.  

Twelve Students were Chosen for the Order of Barristers, a national honorary organization. Deji Andeniyi, Peyton Annoni, Emma Fowler, Carson Jennings, London Lacoste, Kyle Mangrum, Bianca McNeary, Luke Norton, Theodora Ocken, Kim Riddett, Nicole Roth and Adriana Snedaker received the honor at the spring banquet.  

Six students were elected to the Moot Court Executive Board for 2024-2025. Nate Kelly, Chair; Gabi Choate, Advocates Prize Chair; Grant Peterson, Mock Trial Chair; Haden Blair, Secretary; Drake Watkins, Treasurer, and Evan Turner, Public Relations Chair, will begin their roles in the fall.