The Billings, Exum, & Frye
National Moot Court Competition
Elon Law's national moot court competition honors three of North Carolina's most distinguished lawyers: Rhoda Billings, Jim Exum, and Henry Frye.
Each has served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina and in a variety of leadership positions within the legal profession and in public life.
All three justices are founding members of the Elon University School of Law National Advisory Board.
The inaugural competition, described in further detail below, will take place in the spring of 2011 at Elon University School of Law. Law schools interested in participating in spring 2011 are encouraged to visit this web page in early-June for the exact dates of the competition and other important information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alan Woodlief, Director of the Moot Court Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (336) 279-9203.
THE CHIEF JUSTICES
Rhoda Bryan Billings served four years as a state District Court judge, from 1968 to 1972, before beginning service on the North Carolina Supreme Court in 1985. She was appointed Chief Justice in 1986, the second woman to head the Court. Justice Billings has served as a law professor at Wake Forest University since 1977, and today is titled Professor Emeritus. She served as President of the North Carolina Bar Association from 1991 to 1992. Justice Billings earned her law degree from Wake Forest University.
James G. Exum, Jr. is an attorney at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP and serves as Elon Law's Distinguished Jurist in Residence, teaching courses, counseling students and coaching moot court teams. He served on the North Carolina Supreme Court from 1974 to 1994, and was Chief Justice from 1986 to 1994. Justice Exum was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1967. He also served as Resident Superior Court Judge of Guilford County. He earned his law degree from New York University.
Henry E. Frye served over 24 years in private law practice, fourteen years in the North Carolina General Assembly, ten years as president of a bank, two years as an assistant U.S. attorney, two years as a law professor, and over 17 years on the North Carolina Supreme Court. He is currently an attorney with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP. In 1983, Justice Frye became the first African-American to serve on the North Carolina Supreme Court. He was appointed Chief Justice of the Court in 1999. Justice Frye earned his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Billings, Exum, & Frye National Moot Court Competition will focus on constitutional law and public policy, celebrating student excellence in oral and written appellate advocacy. Law students from across the country will be invited to participate, competing for awards including the Chief Justices' Cup, presented to the top performing moot court team.
Panels of distinguished jurists and practicing attorneys will serve as judges throughout the competition. Elon Law's Moot Court Board, comprised of 40 law students, will play a key role in coordinating the competition.
Click here for a complete report from the April 28, 2010 announcement of the competition, including remarks from former North Carolina governors James E. Holshouser and James B. Hunt, who serve on Elon Law's National Advisory Board, as well as David Gergen, chair of the advisory board, former presidential adviser, and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Click here for a summary of news reports about the competition.
Pictured from left: Alan Woodlief, associate professor of law, associate dean for admissions and administration, and faculty advisor for the moot court program, with members of the Moot Court Board at Elon Law, Nicole Patterson, Craig Turner, Tiffany Atkins, Will Warihay, and Sarah Neely.