Coogan, Dabney, and Jumps place in top eight at 74th Annual National Moot Court Competition

06 Feb 2024    

Amanda Dabney, Dan Coogan, Kaci Jumps, and coach Shannon Doering outside the New York City Bar Association.

A Nebraska College of Law team of third-year students Kaci Jumps, Dan Coogan, and Amanda Dabney (l-r) competed at the 74th Annual National Moot Court Competition in New York City on January 29 and 30. The participants were coached by Shannon Doering, ’99 (right).

Hosted at the New York Bar Association, the competition included in two preliminary rounds. The team won against St. Mary’s Law School from Texas in the initial round but faced a setback against a team from Ohio State. Despite the loss, they accumulated sufficient points to progress and secure a spot in the Sweet Sixteen as the 14th seed for the following day.

The team won against the #3 seed on the second day of competition, the University of Pittsburgh from Pennsylvania, and advanced to the final eight. In the subsequent round, they engaged in a close competition against Memphis University from Tennessee, ultimately experiencing a narrow defeat with a split decision from the panel.

The team earned the chance to compete at the National Competition after winning the regional tournament late last year.  This year’s moot court question asked the participants to argue a personal jurisdiction question and two issues stemming from the Securities Act concerning cryptocurrency. Jumps joined the National Moot Court team after winning the 2022 Grether Moot Court Competition, while Coogan and Dabney joined after winning the 77th Allen Moot Court Competition.

The team said they would like to thank all of the Nebraska students, alumni, and professionals who assisted in the preparation and practice for this tournament.