2013-2014 Moot Court Boards
Matt Kubacki, Chief Justice
Originally from Syracuse, IN, Matt graduated from the DePauw University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. For three years prior to law school, Matt worked for CNN in their Chicago office, before deciding to come back to the Hoosier State. In the fall of 2012, Matt, along with partner Andrew Emhardt, competed in the Honorable Robert H. Staton Moot Court Competition, advancing to the semifinals before falling to, eventual champions, Janel Qalliu and Jessica Hawkins. Matt was named to the Order of the Barristers, as well as presented with the Mitzi H. Martin Award, given to the best overall advocate in the Staton Competition. During the 2013 spring semester, Matt competed in the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition where he, along with teammates Sarah Taylor (née Bowers) and Jessica Hawkins, advanced to the final round of the Las Vegas Regional. Matt was recognized as the tenth best overall advocate for the regional.
In addition to his Moot Court duties, Matt currently works as a certified legal intern for the Marion County Prosecutors Office. Prior to working for the MCPO, Matt was active with the Protective Order Pro Bono Project, helping to provide pro bono legal assistance to indigent clients seeking to obtain and/or enforce an order for protection in Marion County. While not in law school, Matt enjoys relaxing with his wife and their two dogs (Frank and Libby).
Jay Riggs, Assistant Chief Justice of the Staton Intramural Competition
Jay received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Indiana University-Bloomington. Subsequently, he received a Master of Arts in Political Science from Ball State University and a Certificate in Labor Studies from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Jay has also worked on several political campaigns and as a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union and the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 700. In 2012, he was honored to be named to the Staton Competition’s Order of the Barristers and competed in the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition the following spring.
In addition to his Moot Court experience, Jay serves as the Student Representative for the Indiana State Bar Association’s Employment and Labor Council and serves as a Precinct Committeeperson for the Marion County Democratic Party. During law school, he has worked as a law clerk at Cohen, Garelick, and Glazier, P.C. and Keller & Keller, LLC and is serving as a legal extern for the National Labor Relations Board, Region 25 during the summer of 2013. Jay also enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and his three sons, Maxwell, James, and William.
Jeramy Ferguson, Assistant Chief Justice of the Professional Responsibility Interscholastic Competition
Jeramy is originally from Stewartstown, Pennsylvania. He attended Brigham Young University and graduated with degrees in Political Science and American Studies. He took a break from his undergraduate studies to serve a two-year Hungarian speaking mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hungary. After graduating from BYU he returned to Hungary as a State Department intern at the US Embassy in Budapest.
While in law school, Jeramy has been active in the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and currently serves as that student organization’s president. He is also a member of the Indiana Law Review and Dean’s Tutorial Society. He currently works in the legal department at EnerDel, Inc., a lithium-ion battery manufacturer. Outside of law school he enjoys sports, hanging out with friends, and watching movies.
Andrew Emhardt, Assistant Chief Justice of Coaching/National Teams
Andrew graduated from DePauw University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. While at DePauw, he was a student administrator for the First-Year Orientation Program and the President of his fraternity. Prior to law school, Andrew enrolled in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI to pursue a Masters in Public Affairs (MPA). He is now pursuing a JD/MPA joint degree.
Andrew participated in the 2012 Honorable Robert H. Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition where he received Barrister status. He was an advocate in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition and will be an advocate in the San Diego School of Law National Criminal Procedure Tournament in October.
In addition to his Moot Court experience, Andrew is also a member of the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review. His Note, Climate Change and the Inuit: Bringing an Effective Human Rights Claim to the United Nations, will be published this year. In the summer of 2013, Andrew was a Certified Legal Intern at the Marion County Public Defender Agency.
Jessica Hawkins, Assistant Chief Justice of Coaching/National Teams
Jesse graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in 2007. She attended DePauw University, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish. While attending DePauw University, Jesse was a member of Alpha Phi fraternity and involved in collegiate cycling.
In 2012, Jesse was a winning team member of the Honorable Robert H. Staton Moot Court Competition. The following spring, she competed in the American Bar Association National Moot Court Competition-Las Vegas Regional. In addition to her Moot Court experience, Jesse is a member of the Indiana Law Review. Most recently Jesse was a summer associate at Eagle & Fein. Outside of law school, Jesse enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Shea Thompson, Assistant Chief Justice of Coaching/National Teams
Shea is from Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida her freshman year of undergrad before transferring to Butler University. She graduated from Butler University in May of 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. While at Butler, Shea was fortunate enough to attend both of Butler’s back-to-back final four games.
While in law school, Shea competed in the 2012 Robert H. Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition, where she made the Order of the Barristers. During the summer after her 1L year, Shea interned with the Navy JAG Corps near Seattle, Washington. During her 2L year, Shea completed a judicial externship with Magistrate Judge Debra Lynch. For her second summer, Shea interned with the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. Shea also serves as a research assistant to Professor Jegen and a LARC Tutor for Professor Dimitri.
Shea is also currently a Note Development Editor for the Indiana Law Review and her article, “Artificially ‘Natural’: Class Action Lawsuits Attack Misleading ‘Natural’ Claims in FDA’s Absence,” will be published in the 47th edition of the Indiana Law Review.