Moot court team wins 2015 Sutherland Cup Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition

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(l to r) Lawson Cheek, Tony Johnson, Stephen Bowden and Charles Rudnick.

The weekend of March 28, three University of South Carolina School of Law Moot Court members won the nation’s oldest, private moot competition: the 2015 Sutherland Cup Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition.

This year, third-year students Stephen Bowden, Lawson Cheek, and Charles Rudnick finished the competition in first place. The two teams in the competition’s final round were the University of South Carolina School of Law and William and Mary Law School.

This annual competition is held each year in Washington, DC, at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and is the longest running private moot competition in the nation.

Originally a competition between four law schools–Columbus School of Law, Yale Law School, Columbia Law School, and Fordham Law School–the competition is designed to tackle active constitutional issues in the same manner as Supreme Court Justice George Sutherland did–precisely, vigorously, and zealously.

Professor Robert Bockman, the Moot Court Bar’s Faculty Advisor, coached the team. In addition, second-year student Tony Johnson served as the team’s travel manager.

Ross named “Best Oralist” at J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court competition

2014 J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition Team

2014 J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition Finals

The J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition Finals were held in March 2014 at the South Carolina Supreme Court. Arguments were heard before four of the Supreme Court Justices, and one judge for the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
The prevailing team included Konstantine Diamaduros and A. Meredith Ross (students on the left). Monica Bracey and Briggs Tucker (students on the right) received “Best Brief.” Ross also received “Best Oralist” honors. Presiding at the court were (l to r) SC Supreme Court Justice John W. Kittredge, SC Court of Appeals Judge John D. Geathers and SC Supreme Court Justices Costa M. Pleicones, Donald W. Beatty and Kaye G. Hearn.

A. Meredith Ross

A. Meredith Ross at the 2014 J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition