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UK Law Students Compete in Moot Court Competition

Jake Cassady and David Harper at Moot Court Competition

UK Law students Jacob (Jake) Cassady and David Harper recently competed at the Fortieth Annual Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition hosted by Fordham Law School in New York City. 

The competition required Mr. Cassady and Mr. Harper to write a brief and orally argue their position on two issues before leading jurists, securities regulators, academics, and practitioners.  Successfully arguing three rounds before their elimination, Cassady and Harper represented UK Law well.  They received high remarks regarding not only the quality and persuasiveness of their arguments, but their presence and friendliness, as well.

"We had the rare opportunity to submit a brief to and orally argue in front of a panel of securities law savants regarding a very complex area of the law,” Harper said. “Considering the feedback we received, we undoubtedly left behind a favorable impression of UK Law and the quality of its legal education."

The competition drew teams from the top law schools in the country, notably Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, New York University, University of Florida, University of North Carolina, and University of Virginia, among others.  Both students felt their UK Law education prepared them well for not only the competition but for their future law careers.  "Taking part in the Securities Moot Court competition was an incredible opportunity. I really enjoyed competing against some of the top schools in the country and testing our abilities against theirs. The experience affirmed my belief that UK Law has prepared me to work at the highest levels in a wide range of practice areas,” Cassady said.

The competition also attracted a distinguished final round panel, which included Justice Samuel Alito, and in years past has included Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Byron White, circuit judges, and commissioners of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Both Cassady and Harper enjoyed the overall experience of the competition and the validation of the value of their UK Law education.  "Arguing in New York City at the Securities Moot Court Competition was an invaluable experience,” Mr. Harper said. “Jake and I successfully competed against teams from the top law schools in the country.”

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