Last fall, 226 teams from law schools across the nation entered the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC), and one team representing Gonzaga University School of Law advanced to the top 16 teams in the nation during the national tournament. NAAC competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner, and then arguing the case in front of mock courts.
Taking First at Regionals
Two Gonzaga teams participated in the Las Vegas regional competition in February. “The team of Tim Campbell, Matt Haynes and Sara Mobley had an impressive tournament,” explained coach and adjunct professor Pat Fannin. “They won the tournament and second best brief in their region. They were seated number one following the first oral round and never gave up that position.”
Top 16 Placement at NAAC Nationals
During the national competition in Chicago during the first week of this month, the team advanced to the round for the top 16 teams. The very close round was lost to an extremely talented team that went on to win the national title. One judge in the panel of the round awarded the win to Gonzaga.
A History of Success
Tim Campbell and Matt Haynes have a history of ably representing Gonzaga. Last year, along with Brent Haslam, (Class of 2012), they made it to the Regional Finals and battled to a double tie, but lost by a tie-breaking rule having nothing to do with oral advocacy skills. Then, on opposite teams, they both advanced to and faced each other in the final round of Linden Cup, Gonzaga’s intramural oral advocacy competition.
Participating in NAAC
Students that wish to participate in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition must apply in the fall semester by writing a two-page brief on an assigned case and presenting a five-minute oral argument on that case. Get more information on participating in the NAAC Competition.