Our Co-Chairs

The Moot Court Board is led by a team of dedicated co-chairs.  This year we are fortunate to have three students leading the Board.

Nikayla Johnson

Co-Chair, Class of 2022

Nikayla is a 3L from Oakland, California and received her undergraduate degree at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.  As a 2L, Nikayla competed at the Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition where she and her partner finished as quarterfinalist.  She went on to compete at the Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition bringing home Hastings’ third National Championship in a row, as well as winning best Respondent Brief. This past summer, Nikayla worked at Prison Law Office working on cutting edge class actions regarding conditions of confinement. After graduation she hopes to continue a career in social justice lawyering.


Trevor Weitzenberg

Co-Chair, Class of 2022

Trevor is a 3L from Santa Rosa, California and went to college at UC Santa Barbara.  As a 2L, Trevor competed at the National Criminal Procedure competition where he won third place overall and best Petitioner brief as well as the Spong Constitutional Law competition where he finished as a National Octo-Finalist.  Trevor worked at a catastrophic personal injury firm in Los Angeles last summer and hopes to do the same after graduating.

Maddie Thomas

Co-Chair, Class of 2022

Maddie is a 3L originally from Petaluma, California and graduated from UC Davis.  As a 2L, Maddie competed at the Appellate Lawyers Association National Competition where she was awarded Best Oralist and her team placed second overall. She also competed at the Wagner Employment and Labor Law National Competition where she finished as a quarterfinalist.  This past summer, Maddie worked at the California Attorney General’s Office where she independently performed oral argument in the California Court of Appeals and wrote respondent’s briefs on behalf of the People.  She hopes to continue working in the criminal appeals realm after graduating next spring.

opportunities to lead our team

Moot Court Board

Upon successful completion of Appellate Advocacy and their competition, second and third-year students who enjoyed their Moot Court experience and wish to contribute to the program may join the Moot Court Board, the body of students responsible for leading the Moot Court Team.

Moot Court Board member duties include:

Student Coach

Provide personal assistance to a competition team as they prepare for competition

Teaching Assistants

Work alongside adjunct faculty members as teaching assistants in the LRW 1, LRW 2, and Appellate Advocacy Courses

Office hours

Host office hours to assist LRW and Appellate Advocacy students with their written and oral advocacy skills

Develop our programs

Assist the faculty and staff of the LRW and Moot Court Department with projects and initiatives

Represent Hastings Moot Court 

Members of the 2014 Moot Court Board meet with the Solicitor General of the United States, Don Verrilli