Melissa Green and Christopher Clark Win 45th Annual Mackenzie Hughes LLP Appellate Advocacy Competition

Posted on Friday 3/10/2017

The team of Melissa Green 2L and Christopher Clark 2L prevailed in the final round of the 45th Annual Mackenzie Hughes LLP Edmund H. Lewis Appellate Advocacy Competition. Melissa Green was awarded Best Overall Advocate and the team of Ryan Lefkowitz 2L and Abdel-Rahman Hamed 3L were awarded Best Brief.

Sixteen teams of two students competed over the course of a month, writing a brief and arguing both the petitioner and respondent sides of a case written by David Katz 3L, before panels of volunteer judges, many of which are College of Law alums. 

At the final round, teams argued before a distinguished panel of judges and evaluators, who included: College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise; Hon. Theodore A. McKee L’75, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Hon. William Q. Hayes L’83, United States District Court for the Southern District of California; Hon. Deborah H. Karalunas L’82, Presiding Justice of Supreme Court, Commercial Division, Onondaga County; and Ramon E. Rivera L’94, Partner, Mackenzie Hughes LLP.

The Competition was conducted by the College of Law Moot Court Honor Society with support from Mackenzie Hughes LLP.