Wayne Law Moot Court Program Completes Inaugural Peter Henning Competition

DETROIT, MI.—Wayne State University Law School's Moot Court program concluded its inaugural Peter Henning Moot Court Competition earlier this month. Of the 30 junior members who participated in the two-day competition, 2L Chloe Brueck prevailed as the Fall 2022 In-House champion.

During the competition's Preliminary Rounds, judges evaluated oral advocates based on the substantive content of their arguments, knowledge of the record, extemporaneous abilities, and courtroom demeanor. The top eight oralists from the preliminaries advanced to the competition's upper rounds the next day. 

Top Row (from left to right) Chloe Brueck, TK Khan, Aleksandra (Aleksa) Luca, and Ila Zielke
Bottom Row (from left to right) Amia Jackson, Maxwell (Max) Rosen, Connor Schram, and Akshita Verma

"We're extremely proud of all our Junior Members," said Dominica Convertino, Moot Court Chancellor. "Each oralist spent innumerable hours over the semester to prepare for this competition, and their hard work was evident through their nuanced, thoughtful, and sophisticated legal arguments."

Convertino further noted a "profound appreciation for the nearly fifty practicing lawyers, law professors, and judges who graciously volunteered to participate in this competition." 

Among those volunteers were judges of the competition's Final Round: Chief Judge Elizabeth Gleicher of the Michigan Court of Appeals, Wayne Law Professor William Ortman, and Detroit Mercy Law Professor Karen McDonald Henning, whose late husband, Professor Peter Henning, inspired the competition's new name. 

The competition's top eight oralists who advanced beyond the Preliminary Rounds are Chloe Brueck, TK Khan, Aleksandra (Aleksa) Luca, Ila Zielke, Amia Jackson, Maxwell (Max) Rosen, Connor Schram, and Akshita Verma.

Each year, Junior Members of Moot Court extensively research legal issues in unsettled areas of the law. In addition to oral advocacy preparation, Junior Members are enrolled in Appellate Advocacy—an upper-level writing course taught by Professor Amy Neville. According to Neville, who also serves as the Moot Court Faculty Advisor, this program is invaluable in preparing students for their future career. "Appellate advocacy hones students' brief-writing skills and, as a result, makes them stronger oral advocates," added Neville.

For more information about Wayne State University Law School, visit www.law.wayne.edu.

Since 1949, Wayne Law has had a nationally acclaimed Moot Court program that features a rigorous In-House Competition in both the fall and winter semesters. As one of the only co-curricular teams to feature intensive training in legal research, writing, and oral advocacy, Wayne Law Moot Court is a challenging and rewarding experience for students accepted into the program. For more information about Wayne Law's Moot Court program, visit law.wayne.edu/students/organizations.

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Contact: Jennifer Kennedy

Phone: 313.577.4629

Email: jennifer.kennedy2@wayne.edu

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