North Dakota Law

Updates from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Jed Thomas wins 1L Moot Court Competition

Amy Wowchuk places runner-up

The 2024 first-year Lawyering Skills class held its annual internal moot court competition April 3-4.

1L Amy Wowchuk makes her case before the judges.

The final round of the competition took place in the VandeWalle Courtroom and featured Jed Thomas, representing the appellant, and Amy Wowchuk, representing the appellee. The argument, Thomas Shelby v. United States of America, presented a Fourth Amendment issue involving a traffic stop and a canine search.

UND Law alumni and friends of the law school volunteered their time to serve as judges for the competition. The final round judges were alumni Sarah Atkinson, Attorney at Marsh & McLennan Agency, Grand Forks; Andrew Eyre, Assistant State’s Attorney, Grand Forks County State’s Attorney’s Office; and Ken Carlsen, Attorney at Camrud, Maddock, Olson & Larson in Grand Forks.

The judges commented that they were impressed by both final round competitors. Thomas and Wowchuk presented clear themes in their arguments and transitioned smoothly between their points when answering questions. It was an extremely close competition, with Thomas edging out Wowchuck by a mere half a point.

(L-R) Professor Cook, Ken Carlsen, Amy Wowchuk, Sarah Atikinson, Jed Thomas, Andrew Eyre, and Professor Dasse.
(L-R) Professor Cook, Professor Dasse, Katie Weikum
(L-R) Professor Cook, Professor Dasse. Tavia Fischer