The first semi-final round (in fact, every round from here on out) was against a team from Pretoria. This was not the team we argued against the day before. After waiting for a while, the judges walked in and we began. This time, we were arguing for the defense. There is not much to report from the arguments. We won the round by 1 point and advanced to the finals. The finals were against another team from Pretoria — who again did a phenomenal job. Somehow, we won that round again. Finally, we took on the Afrikaans team from Pretoria — we had a translator to tell us what they were saying — and we won that round, this time unanimously. Of course, we would not know that until later.
After arguments, there was a gala themed “Black and White and Hats.” Strange theme. But fun. I wore a black cowboy hat I bought back in undergrad as part of a Wyatt Earp Halloween costume (my buddy was supposed to go as Doc Holiday — which would have made the outfit make sense — but that fell through, he ended up going as a cheerleader — and I ended up just being a cowboy.)
The gala was cool. Ben, who had coached us up a little between rounds back in South Africa, had a few drinks with us and chatted us up about things to do with our limited time in Joberg. I danced the electric slide with some of the students (that was the extent of my dancing) and celebrated quite a bit before it was time to head home.
This will be my last post to this blog. You can assume that the trip into Joberg was fine and that the trip home went well. Before I go, however, I have to say a few words in closing. First, I have to thank Professor Buske for putting this trip together — it was an amazing experience, one that I will never forget, and one that I hope future students get to experience as well. Next, I have to thank Lynna, who was an awesome co-counsel, and who kept me organized and on track on more occasions than one. I also need to thank all of the CSL Professors who helped Prof. Buske with mooting and who contributed to and tweaked our arguments along the way. I truly think this win was a team effort that must be attributed to everyone who helped along the way. I also need to thank the people who gave money to the community service project we put on for the kids at the boy’s home. And I have to thank the people who have read this often interrupted, delayed blog, and who have followed our exploits over seas. We appreciate the support.
Finally — a BIG thanks to everyone who organized, executed, and competed in the UFS Moot Court Competition. It was a wonderful time. Everyone was incredibly nice and welcoming, and I felt like I left that country with more friends and more memories then I could ever have imagined could be packed into a single week’s time. Best of luck to all of you.
Well South Africa — until next time. Buy a Donkey.