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Duquesne Law Students Garners National Appellate Moot Court Victory

Duquesne University second-year 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 this past weekend.

"This national victory is a great testament to the continuing the success of our newly christened Appellate Moot Court Board," said Duquesne Law School Dean Ken Gormley. "Congratulations to our students on this tremendous accomplishment."

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.

The team's appearance in the final round is available online.

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 nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 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.