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AMCB Past Honors & Awards

Learn about the current Appellate Moot Court Board, and read about these past competition honors and awards.

Duquesne Law Team Wins National Honors at Prestigious Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition
Third-year students Ginevra Ventre and Ryan Wilk took 2nd Place out of 36 law schools and won Best Brief in the Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition held in April 2013 in Brooklyn, New York. Judges in the final round of the competition - one of the most prestigious in the nation - included the Hon. Patricia M. Wald, former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, the Hon. Chester Straub, Senior Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Hon. Solomon Oliver, Jr., Chief Judge, District Court of the Northern District of Ohio. Ventre and Wilk defeated teams from South Texas College of Law, George Washington University, the University of Florida, the University of Arkansas, and Wayne State University, among others.
Duquesne Law Semi-finalists in Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Appellate Moot Court Competition
In March 2013 the Duquesne University Law School team of (left to right) Peter Reith, Lauren Gailey and Zachary Bombatch finished the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Appellate Moot Court Competition as Semi-finalists and received Best Respondent's Brief - Second Place. David James coached the Appellate Moot Court Board team.
News from the National Energy and Sustainability Appellate Moot Court Competition
The Duquesne University School of Law team comprised of (left to right) James Mazzocco, Benjamin Trodden, and Robert Dare competed in the National Energy and Sustainability Appellate Moot Court Competition and emerged as Semi-finalists.

In addition, Mazzocco won Third Best Overall Advocate.

The team of (left to right) Eric Donato, Krista Bradley and Justin Ring was an Octo-finalist in the National Energy and Sustainability Appellate Moot Court Competition. Donato was named Second Best Overall Advocate.
Duquesne Law Named Regional Champions at ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
The Duquesne University Law School Appellate Moot Court Board team comprised of Sarah Molinero and Aleksandra Kocelko was named Regional Champions of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) this month in Washington, D.C. The team will go on to the ABA NAAC National Championship in Chicago in April.

This is the first time that Duquesne Law School has earned a spot in the NAAC Championship, the largest moot court competition in the country. This year, 217 teams participated in six regional competitions and only 27 earned spots in the National Championship. The Duquesne Law team argued both on and off brief a total of five times over three days before being declared Regional Champions.

The Duquesne University School of Law team of Andrew Griffin and Bethany Willard emerged as Regional Semi-finalists in the competition. Professor Erin Karsman was the faculty advisor for the teams and traveled with them to Washington, D.C. for the competition.
Duquesne Law Students Regional Semi-finalists at ABA Arbitration Competition
The Duquesne University Law School Appellate Moot Court Board team of Peter Reith, Francesca Kosec, Christina Zanic and Matthew Capan advanced to regional semi-finalists in the ABA Arbitration Competition in Detroit in November 2012.
Duquesne Law Students Garner national Appellate Moot Court Victory
Duquesne University law students Kaitlyn Kacsuta and Ginevra Ventre won first place at the 2nd Annual National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition hosted by the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Law's Moot Court Board in March 2012.

"This national victory was a great testament to the continuing success of our newly christened Appellate Moot Court Board," said Duquesne Law School Dean Ken Gormley.

Kacsuta and Ventre, who were coached by fellow law student Andrew Stiffler, defeated a team from Louisiana State University Law School in the final round.

Eighteen teams from across the country participated in the competition, and the Duquesne team argued both on and off brief seven times over three days before being declared the winner. The team received a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of their outstanding appellate advocacy skills. Kacsuta and Ventre also received an award for writing the third best brief.

The National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition, according to WVU, highlights the emerging trends in energy law as well as recent developments in sustainable energy production.

Advancement to the Finals in the Board's First Competition
Two of our teams, two of our teams competed at the Regional ABA Arbitration Competition at the Salmon Chase College of Law in Northern Kentucky. Our team of Frank Stoy, Christina Zanic, Kate Lewis, and Stephen Guzzetti advanced to the final round. This means they now earned a spot in the national championship in Chicago, to be held in January of 2012. Our other team of 2Ls (Kelly McCauley, David James, Andrew Stiffler, and Natalie D'Antonio) also did a fabulous job. The teams were coached by Prof. Pelaez, Sarah Andrews, Keaton Carr, and Abbi Marusic. They were advised by the faculty advisory committee to the Appellate Moot Court Board that consists of Professors Erin Karsman, Julia Glencer, Tara Willkie, Al Pelaez, Assistant Dean Ella Kwisnek and Associate Dean Nancy Perkins