Ever since Lindsay Johnson’s (J.D. ’13) first semester at Chapman's Fowler School of Law, she has found success as a Moot Court Competitor. This success was not simply beginners luck; she went on to set a record at the school and became the most successful Moot Court Competitor.
Starting with the October 2011 Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition in Sacramento, Johnson took the first place award for Top Oralist. Her team also took the first place awards for First Place Team and Best Brief. Then, in the October 2012 Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, she took home the Best Brief Award. Finally, in the February 2013 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, she won the award for Best Advocate.
The oral advocacy skills students gain by participating in these competitions will serve them as future lawyers. “You get great public speaking experience,” Johnson said.
All in all, she is the only student in Chapman's history to receive the top awards in all three possible categories for moot court competitions and she took home the top individual awards from each tournament in which she participated.
Besides showing commitment, for students looking to succeed in competitions during law school Johnson said, “My advice to students in competitions is to take it seriously.”
She also held the National Competitions Chair position on Chapman's Moot Court Executive Board and acted as the student advisor to three different Chapman teams. Finally, she was named the 2012-2013 “Chapman Moot Court Member of the Year.”
After passing the bar, Johnson looks forward to finding future success in practicing appellate law.