A Carroll College junior placed in the top 10 in the nation this weekend at a moot court competition.
Kari Rice, along with four other Carroll students, participated in the tournament, which simulates arguing before the Supreme Court and took place at Chapman University Law School in Orange County, Calif.
This was Rice’s second time going to nationals. One tactic she learned from last year’s experience is to not rely on her notes; so this year she memorized her arguments.
Rice, who partnered with Wyatt Lyles of California State University-Long Beach, said she was less nervous going into the competition this year because she knew more about the process.
The students have been preparing since May for the competition, in which they argued the constitutional protection of someone threatening in a chat room to assassinate the president. The moot court team studied 44 cases involving the First and Fourth Amendments. The members had to know the cases inside and out because they had to argue both sides.
Local lawyers assisted the team in their preparation by listening to their arguments and asking questions of the members.
Rice, who aspires to teach constitutional law, was confident in her skills and it paid off. She and her partner placed either ninth or 10th in the nation.
Tara Harris, deputy county attorney and adjunct professor of constitutional law at Carroll, said the final results had not yet been released Sunday evening, when the team returned to Helena.
Amy Dixon and Laramy Ayers made it to the top 44 teams out of 80, but their exact placement has not been announced.
The third team, Michael Yomoah and Sabrina Nystrom, did not make it through to the second day of competition.
Harris said she was very pleased when all three teams made it through the regional competition to nationals and even more excited with the outcome.
“We are all super excited,” Harris said.
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