Two teams from the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law Veterans Law Clinic recently competed in the first ever Veterans Law Moot Court Appellate Advocacy Competition sponsored by the United States Court of Veterans Appeals and the United States Court of Veterans Appeals Bar Association.
The teams were coached by Professor Craig M. Kabatchnick, Director of the Veterans Law Clinic. The NCCU team soundly defeated Boston University School of Law, American University School of Law and Georgetown University School of Law. Stetson University School of Law won the competition. Other participating law schools were: George Washington University, John Marshall, American University, and Howard University. The NCCU teams consisted of Oscar Blanks, Theodore Enemoe, Jonathan Kelly, and Nicole Kozak.
On the evening after the first day of competition, Oscar Blanks and Nicole Kozak, along with Professor Kabatchnick were given a personal invitation to tour the chambers of Chief Judge William P. Greene, Jr. and other key departments of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (see picture below). The following day, the entire team attended the 20th anniversary celebration of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims during which they visited with the Honorable Royce Lamberth, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Chief Judge Lamberth is the lead judge handling cases involving the Guantanamo Bay prison detainee (GITMO) cases.