Law Students Compete in National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition

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Four University of North Dakota School of Law students attended a recent national competition hosted by the University of West Virginia School of Law. Two teams were sent to represent the UND School of Law at the third annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition held in Morgantown, WV.

Benjamin Sand, a second year law student from Fargo, ND, and Kirby Graff, a third year law student from, Dassel, MN. As an undergraduate, Ben Sand studied political science and English literature at Concordia College in Moorehead, MN and Kirby Graff studied sociology and Norwegian as an undergraduate at UND.

A second team was comprised of second year law students Jared Wall and Laura Ringsak. Jared Wall is from North Sioux City, SD and studied criminal justice and psychology as an undergraduate at Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD. Laura Ringsak is from Bismarck, ND and as an undergraduate she studied criminal justice and Spanish at UND.

Judges for the competition were oil and gas litigators, in-house counsel, law professors, and government attorneys. On the first day the teams argued twice on-brief and once off-brief. On the second day everyone argued off-brief in the morning. The 16 best teams advanced to argue again in the afternoon. Graff and Sand competed in the "Sweet Sixteen" off-brief and advanced to the quarterfinal rounds. Graff and Sand again argued off-brief in the "Elite Eight" round, held in the morning on the third day of the competition. In addition to making it to the quarterfinal round Graff and Sand received the fourth best brief score in the competition.