Minnesota Law Students Make Strong Showing at McGee Moot Court Competition

March 6, 2021

Minnesota Law students and teams fared well at the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, which, for the first time in its history, was held entirely online.

The 2021 competition was held March 5-6. Student competitors and volunteer judges met in a Zoom courtroom for the arguments. A volunteer “bailiff” was in the Zoom room ready to help with any tech-related questions. In another first, the championship round was livestreamed on YouTube.

Best Respondent Brief went to the team of Seth Corley, 3L, Nadia Mezic, 3L, and Navin Ramalingam, 3L. Best overall brief went to the team of Annali Cler, 3L, Tim Miles, 2L, and Will Wright, 3L.

Miles was named Best Oral Advocate in the Preliminary Rounds.

The team with Cler, Miles, and Wright advanced to the Semifinals. The team with Corley, Mezic, and Ramalingam advanced to the Finals, ultimately taking second place.

The teams were coached by Professor Jon Lee.

The William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition promotes interest in all areas of civil rights law and helps interested students develop the oral advocacy and writing skills essential to be successful appellate practitioners. Teams write briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court on a problem involving a recent case in the field of civil rights and argue the case at the competition.

The 2021 virtual event was hosted by Mitchell Hamline School of Law in collaboration with Minnesota Law.

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3L Seth Corley (top row, middle) and Nadia Mezic (middle row, left) were on the team that finished second in the Finals.

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