2017 J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition

Trey McGrew-Bryant, Alexa Tattersall, Justice John W. Kittredge, Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty, Justice Kaye G. Hearn, Jonathan Lewis, Justice George C. James, Jr., and Stephen Griffith stand in the South Carolina Supreme Court room after the competition.

Alexa Tattersall, a second-year law student and native of Temecula, CA, was named “Best Oralist” during the University of South Carolina School of Law’s annual J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition, held at the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

Third-year student Trey McGrew-Bryant and second-year student Alexa Tattersall were named the final round winners in 2017’s J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition.

Chief Justice Donald W. Beatty, Justice John W. Kittredge, Justice Kaye G. Hearn and Justice George C. James, Jr. heard the case, which was argued by the final four advocates, second year students Jonathan Lewis and Stephen Griffith, as well as Tattersall’s co-counsel third-year student Trey McGrew-Bryant.

“It is such an honor and an accomplishment. It feels extremely satisfying to see hard work and sacrifice come to fruition with this once-in-a-lifetime recognition. I have never been so proud to be acknowledged. It was a day that I will remember for the rest of my life,” says Tattersall.

Tattersall and McGrew-Bryant, the petitioners, were named the winning team. Respondent Griffith received “Best Brief” honors.

“The chance to present an oral argument to the highest court in the State is an opportunity that many attorneys will never get to experience during their legal career. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity.  The amount of preparation and work that was dedicated to the process beforehand helped me to realize how much I need to do before I can feel confident and proud in the presentation that I ultimately gave.  The experience of actually presenting was second to none;  being able to engage in a conversation about the law in our state will help me to prepare for my future career,” says Tattersall.

Best Orator, Alexa Tattersall stand by a portrait of J. Woodrow Lewis, who the competition is named for.

In addition to being named “Best Oralist,” Tattersall is also very active within the School of Law. She is a member of the Journal of Law and Education, as well as a tutor for first-year students in Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing. Tattersall is a Law School Ambassador, a Law School Peer mentor, President of the Technology and Law Student Association, as well as a member of the American Bar Association.

The J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition is an annual appellate advocacy competition held in memory of the The Honorable J. Woodrow Lewis, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of South Carolina.

The competition is open to all second- and third-year students at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Competitors prepare an appellate brief and compete in two rounds of oral arguments in teams of two. The top two teams advance to the final round, argued before justices of the Supreme Court of South Carolina.