Moot Court Board News
Our Sports Law Moot Court Team, consisting of Jennifer Ward and Whitney True, competed this past week in New Orleans in the 16th Annual Mardi Gras Sports Law Moot Court competition hosted by Tulane School of Law. There were 40 teams in the competition and many fierce competitors. Although the team faced severe weather conditions and nearly missed the competition, the team conquered adversity and faired well in their efforts in the 2010 Sports Law Moot Court Competition.
The team was narrowly defeated by the UConn team in Round 1 and lost another coin toss to LSU in Round 2. Both rounds were very close. The team prevailed in Round 3 and defeated the team from Albany by a significant margin -- but despite their fairly large point differential from Round 3, the team was unable to advance.
Professor Moorman, the team's coach, was very pleased with the team's preparation and how well Jennifer and Whitney adjusted their arguments and oratory presentation as the competition progressed. Both Jennifer Ward and Whitney True received positive remarks for their oral arguments and advocacy. Most impressively, the team remained consistent despite nearly missing the competition all together. Congratulations to our 2010 Sports Law Moot Court Team!
Trager, Maria Mourad, and coach Professor Trucios-Haynes much success as they travel to New York City and represent the law school at the fifth annual Immigration Law Moot Court Competition. The competition will take place on Friday, February the 19th through Sunday, February the 21st at NYU School of Law. Good luck Team! ¡Buena suerte! Maikaʻi Pomaikaʻi! In bocca al lupo! Boa sorte! Bahati njema! Noroc! haeng un! gokoūn o inorimasu!
The Moot Court Board is proud to announce that the Animal Law Moot Court team, comprised of Lauren Bean and Rexéna Napier, was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Animal Law Competition at Harvard Law School last weekend. After making it to the final four and competing in a "virtually undecidable" round, Lauren and Rexéna were defeated by eventual champion Florida Coastal.
Lauren was commended for her poise and organization, while Rexéna received praise for her complete grasp of the material and ability to respond to questions succintly.
Ebert Haegele also traveled to Harvard and competed in the Closing Argument Competition.
Ebert was given high praises about his convincing tone and professionalism in the courtroom, which he showcased despite his being ill. Congratulations to all on a job well done and much appreciation to all who assisted in their preparation!
The team was coached by Professor John Cross. The team wishes to thank Professors Ariana Levinson and Sam Marcosson, Adjunct Professor Thomas FitzGerald, the Honorable Patricia FitzGerald of the Jefferson County Family Court, and fellow students, Algeria Ford and Duffy Trager for their assistance in preparing for the competition.
The Moot Court Board would like to wish the Law School's National Mock Trial Team good luck during their regional competition this weekend at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The team is comprised of Brian Bennett, Algeria Ford, Aaron Price, Andrew Henson, and Erin Bravo.
The team would like to thank the following students for serving as witnesses during their practices: Heend Sheth, Robert May, Sarah Clay, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Amanda Prager, Chris Lamb, Kristina Wetterer, Catherine Barnes, Vince Kline, Eric Johnson, Timothy Chon, Brad Corbin, Amber Gratz, Lize Goykhberg, Claire Rogers, Sarah Potter, Haylee Ralston, and Todd Garland. The coaches are Rob Riley and Kimberly Ballard.
Samantha and Brandon competed twice against Chapman. Chapman is known nationally for the competitiveness of its arbitration teams, and one of its teams won the nationals in the arbitration competition last year. True to their reputation, these teams ranked first and second after the first two rounds, and Samantha and Brandon held their own against them. Here are some of the comments Samantha and Brandon received. Brandon did a “good job arguing [his] position” at the outset of the opening and “bringing out the facts of” his witness’s position with a “good organized direct.” Samantha did a good job in her closing “arguing [her] perspective” and using a “good theme.” She also “asked good questions” and “addressed some problems with the case head-on” and made her witness “real and sensitive” on direct examination.
Lily and Jamie competed in the second round. They performed very well, and one of the three arbitrators voted for them. Jamie was praised for her good delivery, for knowing the record well, for organizing her opening and direct well, and for her leading technique on cross. Lily was praised by one arbitrator for “a very good summation,” “very good direct questions,” and a “good job” on cross examination. One arbitrator provided each of them with a score of “superior” for the category of professional and ethical presentations.
The Moot Court Board wishes luck to our National Moot Court team this weekend as they travel to Richmond, Virginia, to argue at the 4th Circuit. Ben Basil and Barry Dunn will face Duke and Wake Forest in the preliminary rounds. Michael Gray and Marty Pohl will face West Virginia and Elon. The team is coached by Professor Sam Marcosson.
This year's issues are 1) whether imposing a life without parole sentence on a juvenile convicted of a non-homicide crime constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, and 2) what is the proper standard to apply for a motion for change of venuedue to pre-trial publicity.
The three students are:
Thank you to all students who showed interest in immigration law and tried out for the Immigration Law Moot Court Team!