A Stetson moot court first

NACC co-champions from left: Jessica Merker, Christopher Gieger, Frieda Lindroth, Toria Ryan, and Anya Pardy.

Stetson advocacy is known for being first—for being No. 1.

And March 7-8, 2021, two moot court teams accomplished yet another Stetson first.  It was the first time in Stetson moot court history that Stetson had not one, but two teams win!  Two Stetson teams won the virtual Washington, D.C. regional ABA Law School Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC).

Two Stetson have advanced to the final round of a NAAC regional at least four times in history, but never have two teams been named co-champions who will advance to the national finals together.

The ABA NAAC is one of the most prestigious and well-known moot court competitions in the nation and is the largest domestic competition. This year, 190 teams from 109 law schools competed in six regional rounds over a three-week period, in hopes of advancing to the national finals.  Only four teams from each of the six regionals earned the right to compete at the national finals. 

Stetson NAAC team of Frieda Lindroth, Anya Pardy, and Toria Ryan won Best Brief Award in addition to being co-champions. Stetson NAAC team of Christopher Gieger and Jessica Merker won their final round by beating the top seeded team.

A special thank you to the teams’ coaches—Jeremy Bailie, Esq. and Evan Dix, Esq.—who were both accomplished Moot Court Board members when they were at Stetson. (In fact, Dix participated in NAAC regionals and national finals.)  And a shout out to the NAAC student liaisons Tyler Vaughn and Wilma Metcalf, who helped manage, organize, and facilitate all the Zoom practices and judges.