Inter-Collegiate Moot Court Teams Complete Successful Fall Season

Posted on Wednesday 11/29/2017

It’s been a busy two months for the College of Law’s Trial Advocacy program, reports Professor Kathleen O’Connor, Faculty Director of the Moot Court Honor Society and Advocacy, with inter-collegiate teams reaching the Final Four in three competitions and with students and teams bringing home individual awards. 

On Nov. 9 to 11, 2017, the National Moot Court Competition team of 3L Anna Pinchuk, 2L Erika Simonson, and 3L Erin Shea participated in the Boston Regional round of the New York City Bar’s national appellate competition. The team advanced to the semifinal round and brought home the award for Best Brief. The team is coached by Professor Richard Risman, who was assisted by David Katz L’17.

The National Board of Trial Advocacy Tournament of Champions Competition team competed from Nov. 2 to 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. Making it into the semi-finals were 2L Adam Carey, 3L Christopher Clark, 3L Annie Millar, and 2L Dennis Scanlon. Joanne Van Dyke L’87 coached the team, and 2L Sara Fitzpatrick served as the team alternate and practice partner. Additionally, Justin St. Louis L’17 helped prepare the team as an assistant coach.

The team of 3L Tom DeBernardis, 3L Stephanie Martin-Thom, 3L Jennifer Pratt, and 2L Matt Wallace competed at the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Invitational on Nov. 10 to 13, 2017, advancing to the Final Four. Pratt was named Best Overall Advocate through the Preliminary Rounds. The team was coached by Jeff Leibo L’03 and Colleen Gibbons L’17, with 2L Ahmed Khattab serving as alternate and practice partner.

Coached by Professor Yelena Duterte, a 2L team of Olivia Fontana and Ryan Harrison advanced to the quarterfinals in the College of Law’s first-ever appearance in the National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, DC, which took place from Nov. 4 to 5, 2017. The team lost in the Elite Eight round only in a split decision. 

In another first-time appearance for the College, the Judith Kaye Arbitration Competition team returned from New York City on Nov. 12, 2017, with two awards. The 2L team of Sophie Bober, Sarah Knickerbocker, and Ursula Simmons brought home trophies for Best Cross Examination and Best Brief. James Sonneborn and Casey Johnson of Bousquet Holstein PLLC coached the team. This competition is sponsored by the New York State Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association.  

A team of 3L Michelle Futch, 3L Aidan Scott, and 2L Porsche Skenandore-Wheelock took part in the St. John’s University School of Law Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon. Coached by Professor Gary Pieples, these student advocates competed through three rounds of arbitration, negotiation, and mediation.

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