On Saturday, February 28, the Elon Law team of Melanie Crenshaw and Luke Spencer finished in second place out of 24 teams at the J. Braxton Craven Moot Court Competition hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
In reaching the final round against Florida State, the Elon team defeated teams from George Mason, Charleston and Boston College, a two-time former champion of the competition. This was Elon’s first time competing in the Craven competition.
“Melanie and Luke are great examples of the exceptional students comprising Elon Law’s first three entering classes,” remarked Associate Dean Alan Woodlief, who along with Professor Scott Gaylord, coached the Craven team. “This great finish, coupled with another final round appearance and two best brief awards in other national competitions this month, demonstrates that Elon Law students’ oral and written advocacy training and skills are already among the best in the nation.”
In its thirty-second year, the Craven Moot Court Competition is one of the nation’s longest running and best-regarded moot court competitions. The twenty-four teams from across the country that competed this year included Duke, Fordham, William & Mary, American, Pepperdine, Villanova, South Texas and South Carolina.
The successful showing by Crenshaw and Spencer follows another second place finish by an Elon Law moot court team at a national competition, that of Neil Oakley and Richard Webb, on February 7, a day that also included the presentation of two best brief awards to Elon Law moot court teams. Click here for details.