Rush Named Winner of Faulkner Law’s 2015 First-Year Moot Court Competition

Caleb Rush, a first-year student at Faulkner Law, recently won the 2015 Faulkner Law First-Year Moot Court Competition. The tournament was held April 16th-18th, with the final round taking place at the Alabama Supreme Court.

The First-Year Moot Court Competition is one of three annual intra-school competitions hosted by Faulkner Law. As part of their Legal Research and Writing experience, all first-year students are required to submit a brief and to present oral argument before a panel of judges. From that pool of students, twenty-four were selected to compete for the title of Moot Court Champion. Each of the twenty-four competitors presented argument for both appellant and appellee. The top eight finalists advanced to the Quarter-Finals. The eight quarter-finalists included: Audrey Collins, Madelyn Dukes, Paul Evans, Jessica Parker, Caleb Rush, Matthew Smith, Haley Steelman, and Brittany Watson. Evans, Rush, Steelman, and Watson advanced to the semi-finals.

The final round competitors were Rush and Watson. After arguments were heard from Rush and Watson, Rush was declared Best Advocate.

Rush, who is a native of York, Nebraska, received his B.A. in Business Communications from York College. Prior to attending law school, Rush worked as an Admissions Counselor for Faulkner University’s undergraduate campus. “I am extremely blessed to be at Faulkner Law. Not only am I receiving an amazing education, but I am gaining practical experience that will greatly benefit me as I continue in my career. To be able to take those skills and argue in the courtroom of the Alabama Supreme Court was a tremendous experience and privilege.”

The First-Year Moot Court Competition also awards one student the title of Best Brief. In addition to being named Best Advocate, Rush was also awarded Best Brief.

For more information, contact Rachel Miller, Faulkner Law’s assistant director of external relations, at or 334.386.7495.

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