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    DU Law Students Win National Energy/Sustainability Court Competition

    Duquesne University School of Law students Aleksandra Kocelko and David Leake garnered top honors at the prestigious National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition this past weekend.

    The event, held March 27-29 at West Virginia University School of Law, highlights emerging trends in energy law and recent developments in sustainable energy production. It is geared toward law students interested in working in the energy and sustainability law field.

    Members of the law school's Appellate Moot Court Board, Kocelko and Leake argued on and off brief eight times and defeated a team from the University of North Dakota in the final round. Forty teams participated in the competition, which focused on the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.

    In addition to winning the overall competition, Leake won the 3rd Best Oralist Award.

    Duquesne's second team of Paul Roman, Lisa Brunner and David Franz argued on and off brief six times and emerged as quarterfinalists. They also won the 3rd Best Brief award at the competition.
     
    Additionally, a team of Duquesne law students also won the coveted Best Brief award at the 29th annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition. Zack Bombatch and Lauren Gailey also reached the quarterfinals at the competition, held from March 27- 29 at Brooklyn Law School. This marks the second consecutive year that Duquesne students have won for Best Brief.

    The national competition provides law students an opportunity to write an appellate brief addressing evidentiary issues in a contemporary context.  

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.