Maine Law students shine at J. Braxton Craven Memorial Moot Court Competition

Maine Law students recently competed in the J. Braxton Craven Jr. Memorial Moot Court Competition at the University of North Carolina School of Law. The Maine Law team, comprised of Shannon Flaherty ’18, Jana Kenney ’18, and Cyrus Cheslak ’18, was one of the top eight teams. They were also awarded the Best Brief and team member Shannon Flaherty was named the Best Oralist.

The Craven Competition is a prestigious appellate advocacy competition that draws participants and judges from the entire country. A total of 24 teams competed during this year’s event which was held from February 2-4, 2017. This year was the 40th annual competition which was named in honor of Judge James Braxton Craven, Jr. who served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

The teams’ coach, Professor Angie Arey, said, “I’m so proud of the work these students did. They had a very short time frame over the holidays in which to write their brief, and they worked hard to prepare for their many practice arguments. Many thanks to Professors Dmitry Bam, Anthony Moffa, and Jeff Thaler, and to Zach Heiden, Legal Director at the ACLU of Maine, for their help in mooting this team.”

“I am so proud of our students for competing in and winning Best Brief and Best Oralist at the Craven Moot Court Competition,” said Danielle Conway, Dean at Maine Law. “Our faculty, staff, and community members worked diligently with our students to help them prepare for this competition. I am thrilled that the Maine Law Community played a role in supporting Jana Kenney, Cyrus Cheslak, and Shannon Flaherty. I am also humbled by how well and how professionally these students represented Maine Law.”