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Appellate Moot Court Board

Meet the 2013-2014 Teams

ABA Regional Arbitration Competition

The Duquesne University Law School Appellate Moot Court Board participated in the 2013 ABA Arbitration Competition, sending two teams of competitors to the New York regional rounds. The first team consisted of 3L students Kaci Young, Benjamin Trodden, Matthew Capan, and 2L Brandon Uram. The second team included Lindsay Fouse, Jennifer Grab, Anthony Jackson, and Ian Haley, all of whom are 2Ls. Both teams competed in the first and second rounds of the competition, finishing with high scores and positive feedback.

ABA Regional Arbitration Competition1
Left to right:
Brandon Uram, Kaci Young,
Benjamin Trodden and
Matthew Capan

Left to right:
Jennifer Grab, Ian Haley, Lindsay Fouse
and Anthony Jackson

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Two teams competed in the prestigious ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition in March. This year's problem involved the reach of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the use of unpaid legal interns under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Both Duquesne teams competed on and off brief four times over three days. In addition to being named Semi-Finalists, the team of Kate Montgomery, Emilia Rinaldi, Aaron Weiss received the Fourth Best Brief award, and Weiss was named the Fifth Best Advocate at the competition.The team of Angela Reed-Strathman, Martin McKown, and Emily Bittle also emerged as Regional Semi-Finalists. Professor Erin Karsman, faculty advisor, coached both teams and Lindsay Fouse served as student manager.

Semi-Finalists
Fourth Best Brief Award
Fifth Best Advocate

Left to right:

Emilia Rinaldi
Aaron Weiss,
Fifth Best Advocate
Kate Montgomery

Semi-Finalists

Left to right:

Angela Reed Strathman
Martin McKown
Emily Bittle


Federal Bar Competition

Congratulations to Duquesne University's J.D. Mazzocco and Andy Griffin for an excellent showing at the prestigious Federal Bar Competition. Forty-six teams participated and Duquesne made it to the final eight, beating University of Virginia, Temple and University of Nevada, Las Vegas before losing to the University of Maryland in the round of eight.

Quarter-Finalists

Left to right:

Matt Andersen (coach)
J.D. Mazzocco
Andy Griffin
Daniel Sodroski (coach)

National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition

Duquesne University School of Law sent two teams to the 2014 National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition and came home with the Championship, a Quarter-Finalist placement, two of five Best Brief Awards, and four of 10 Best Oralist Awards. 

Aleksandra Kocelko (3L) and David Leake (4E) won the national competition at West Virginia University on March 27-29, after arguing on and off brief eight times. In addition to the championship, Leake and Kocelko won the Fifth Best Brief Award, Leake won the Third Best Oralist Award, and Kocelko won the Fifth Best Oralist Award.

The judges for the final round included Judge Fisher from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judge Thacker from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Judge Stamp from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, Judge Keeley from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, and Lawrence Rosenberg, a partner at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. Kocelko and Leake defeated a team from the University of North Dakota in the final round.

Cara Pinto (2L) served as student coach, and Professor Erin Karsman, director of appellate advocacy, advised the team. Read more about the team's win and view photos from the competition.

Champions
Fifth Best Brief
Third Best Oralist
Fifth Best Oralist

Left to right:

Aleksandra Kocelko,
Fifth Best Oralist
David Leake,
Third Best Oralist
Cara Pinto (student coach)

Duquesne's second team at the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, Paul Roman (3L), Lisa Brunner (4E), and David Frantz (2L), argued on and off brief six times and emerged as Quarter-Finalists. The team also won the Third Best Brief Award. Brunner received the Ninth Best Oralist Award and Frantz won the Sixth Best Oralist Award.

Quarter-Finalists
Third Best Brief
Sixth Best Oralist
Ninth Best Oralist

Left to right:

David Frantz,
Sixth Best Oralist
Lisa Brunner,
Ninth Best Oralist
Cara Pinto (student coach)
Paul Roman

Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition

Duquesne University School of Law students Zack Bombatch (3PT) and Lauren Gailey (3L) gave an exceptional performance in the Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition held in Brooklyn, New York. Duquesne's team won the much-coveted Best Brief Award and emerged as Quarter-Finalists. The competition, one of the most prestigious in the nation, also featured advocates from other top law schools across the country. Mary Hancock (2L) served as the student coach. Associate Dean Jane Moriarity, Professor Wesley Oliver, Director of Appellate Advocacy Erin Karsman, and alumni helped prepare the team for oral argument.

Duquesne is only the second team in the competition's 29-year history to win the Best Brief Award in two consecutive years.

Quarter-Finalists
Best Brief Award

Left to right:

Mary Hancock
(student coach)
Zack Bombatch
Lauren Gailey