UM law makes history with third title

Coach Professor Ben Cooper, from left, and University of Mississippi law students David Fletcher, Brett Grantham and Will Widman won the National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. It is the Ole Miss law school’s third moot court national title this year. (Courtesy photo)

Coach Professor Ben Cooper, from left, and University of Mississippi law students David Fletcher, Brett Grantham and Will Widman won the National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. It is the Ole Miss law school’s third moot court national title this year. (Courtesy photo)

By Jenny Kate Luster

University of Mississippi

OXFORD – A Corinth native helped the University of Mississippi School of Law make history by grabbing its third moot court national championship this year.

It is the first time the law school has achieved such a milestone.

Second-year students Brett Grantham of Corinth and David Fletcher of Jackson, along with third-year student Will Widman of Birmingham, Ala., won the National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in March.

“This level of repeated success is really an extraordinary testament to both the depth and quality of our advocacy programs and our student body,” said Richard Gershon, the school’s dean. “Further, it demonstrates the commitment of our faculty to national-caliber instruction – and not just in the traditional classroom.”

The latest win came just weeks after national championships were obtained at the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and the Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition, both in New York. Ole Miss has won the environmental law championship three times in the past four years.

Second-year law student Trey Lyons of Mooreville was on the team that won the family law championship.

“This year has been a true testament to what we can accomplish when we work hard together from beginning to end,” said Irving Jones, chairman of the law school’s moot court board. “I am very proud to be a part of this organization and also very proud of how we have represented this university.”

The professional responsibility team competed against several nationally-ranked moot court teams, including Chicago-Kent, Stetson and Florida Coastal in the final round. Widman won the Best Oralist Award in the final round, and the team won the Best Brief Award for the respondent, which made them first seed going into the elimination rounds.

“We had been working on this problem since November, so it was a relief that all of the work that the team put in definitely paid off,” Fletcher said. “We’ve been mooting every day since February, twice a day during spring break, and even in Indianapolis with each other. If anything, I’ve learned what people mean when they say you can never be too prepared.”