Mason Law Teams Take First Place, Honors, in Billings, Exum & Frye National Moot Court Competition

The Mason Law team of 2Ls Tashina Harris, Tyson Johnson and Mark Scirocco walked away from the second annual Billings, Exum & Frye Moot Court Competition as first place winners in the event after defeating the second place team representing William & Mary Law School in the final round of the competition. In addition, Scirocco tied for the Best Oral Advocate award in the final round.

Also competing in the event as a semi-finalist was the Mason Law team of 2Ls Al Bender, Rebecca Hartrick and Kyra Smerkanich, who secured the Best Brief award among Petitioners’ Briefs. The  Mason teams won 12 of their 13 matches, the only loss coming in the semifinal round in which the two teams faced each other

 “The quality of competitors at this year’s competition was phenomenal, and the award winners should be extremely proud of their accomplishments,” commented Alan Woodlief, Associate Dean for Administration, Associate Professor of Law, and Director of the Moot Court Program at Elon Law.

The Mason Law teams were among 33 teams of law students representing 21 law schools at the event, which was held on March 30 and 31 at Elon University School of Law. Competitors were judged on the quality of their appellate brief and oral arguments in a hypothetical First Amendment case before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Read more about the competition.


First place team, BEF

Tyson Johnson, Mark Scirocco and Tashina Harris celebrate their first place win with
a trophy.


Best Petitioner brief, BEF

Flanked on left by Elon law student and Moot Court Board member Zachary
Illig, Mason Law students Kyra Smerkanich, Rebecca Hartrick, and Al Bender
display their award for best petitioners' brief.

Photos courtesy of Elon University School of Law