Winners of Stout Shield Moot

20 June 2013
Stout Shield 2013
From left: Gretta Schumacher, Tim Conder, Priestley J, Nupur Upadhyay and Sam Bookman.

The Law Faculty congratulates law students Nupur Upadhyay and Tim Conder on winning the Stout Shield Moot for 2013.

This moot selects the team to represent Auckland at the Bell Gully National Mooting Competition, the winners of which go on to represent New Zealand in the world’s largest and most prestigious moot court contest, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition held in Washington DC in April next year.

Winner Tim Conder says: “The Stout Shield Moot has been a goal for me since I first reached Law School, and has been a motivator for my involvement in mooting throughout my degree.”

“This particular moot was especially challenging because of the very high calibre of competition, and well-constructed and difficult problem. Knowing that the final would be watched by a lot of people meant that preparation was especially nerve-wracking,” he says.

For Nurpur the challenges were different: "I speak very quickly so one of the biggest things on my mind is slowing down and trying to sound measured," she says.

The competition was held at the High Court before Justice Priestley, and four finalists competed, all students of the Law Faculty’s Advocacy course; Tim Conder, Sam Bookman, Gretta Schumacher, and Nupur Upadhyay.

“A moot simulates a Supreme Court appeal hearing with students in the role of lawyers arguing on either side of the case. Preliminary rounds included 20 teams of two, and the finalists had already done incredibly well to reach this stage of the competition,” says Simon Mount, Teaching Fellow at the Law Faculty.

The two issues in the moot addressed the potential liability of expert witnesses, and the scope of privacy law in New Zealand.

“Both Nupur and Tim are talented advocates who presented intelligent submissions in a very persuasive manner,” says Simon.

The Australasian Law Students Association conference in July sees the winners head to Perth to compete in the King & Wood Mallesons Championship Moot.

The Stout Shield Moot has been running since the 1940s and many former winners and participants have progressed to distinguished careers. Justice Priestley was himself a winner in the 1960’s competing alongside David Lange and Jim McLay in the final.

The Law Faculty wishes to thank Bell Gully as sponsors of the Stout Shield as well as Justice Priestley, the Law School secretariat, High Court staff, and Judges’ Clerks for their contributions.