Minnesota Law Advances to the Quarterfinal National Rounds of National Moot Court Competition

Back in November, we reported that two teams of Minnesota Law students performed extraordinarily well in the regional competition of the National Moot Court Competition held in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Both teams advanced to the semifinal rounds and the team representing Petitioner/Respondent advanced to the national rounds of the competition, which was held in New York City in January 2024. The team that advanced to New York had an outstanding showing, reaching the quarterfinals of the national round.

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 included Ally Diwik ’24, Alexa Schirber ’24, and Natalie Wendland ’24. Wendland was recognized as a best oralist during the regional rounds. The team representing Petitioner/Respondent included Carly Hewing ’24, Michaela McNichol ’24, and Mallorie Sckerl ’24.

Coaches for the National Moot Court Competition team included Minnesota Law alumni Meghan Bast ‘21, Andrew Leiendecker ‘17, and Aidan Zielske ’21, all three of whom competed on teams while in law school.

Coach Aidan Zielske said “All 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. The team advancing to Nationals made a great showing in New York against exceptional teams. They demonstrated great attention to detail, care, and consistency in their arguments. It was a very strong year for the program.”

Randall Ryder ’09

Assistant Professor of Appellate Advocacy
Director of Moot Court Program
Director of Law in Practice