The Appellate Moot Court Board sent two teams to compete in the prestigious ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition - Philadelphia regional from February 16-18. Thirty-one teams from across the country competed at the competition, with the two Duquesne Kline teams performing exceptionally well.
After arguing on and off brief five times, Duquesne Kline's team of Falco Muscante
II (3L), Daniel Smolsky (3L), and Aubri Swank (3L) advanced to the final round where
they beat a strong team from Marquette Law in a unanimous decision and emerged as
Regional Champions. This Duquesne Kline team is one of four teams from the Philadelphia
regional who will advance to the National Championship, which will be held in Washington,
DC on April 14-15. In addition, out of more than 90 advocates at the competition,
Daniel Smolsky was named the number one Best Advocate in the competition.
The other Duquesne Kline team, consisting of Andrew Lawrence (2L), Jennifer Murray (2L), and Morgan Null (2L), had three impressive rounds of competition (which included beating a well-prepared team from Drexel Kline) but narrowly failed to advance to the round of 16.
Both teams were coached by Professor Erin Karsman who directs the Appellate Moot Court Board and is also the Director of the Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education. Congratulations to all over our participants and good luck to our advancing team!