Minnesota Law Advances to National Rounds of National Moot Court Competition

Two teams of Law School students performed extraordinarily well in the regional competition of the National Moot Court Competition, held in Cleveland, Ohio on November 10 and 11, 2023.

Both teams advanced to the semifinal rounds and the team representing Petitioner/Respondent advanced to the national rounds of the competition, which will be held in New York City in February, 2024.

The team members were selected for the competition team based on their strong performances in National Moot Court as 2L students. The team representing Petitioner/Respondent is composed of 3L students Ally Diwik, Alexa Schirber, and Natalie Wendland. Wendland was recognized as a best oralist during the regional rounds. The team representing Petitioner/Respondent was composed of 3L students Carly Heying, Michaela McNichol, and Mallorie Sckerl.

The team was coached by three recent alums, each of whom participated on the competition team as students, Meghan Bast ‘21, Andrew Leiendecker ‘17, and Aidan Zielske ’21.

Asked about this year’s team, Zielske said “[a]ll six of our students were poised and prepared. Through the month spent drafting briefs and the month honing their oral arguments, they were dedicated and striving to improve throughout. Both teams were in the top scoring bracket for their briefs and consistently scored well in oral arguments at the regional competition. We are proud of the work they put in and look forward to the National Competition in February.”

Randall Ryder ’09
Assistant Professor of Appellate Advocacy
Director of Moot Court Program
Director of Law in Practice