American Bar Association Arbitration, Regional Competition
November 9-10, 2018
Congratulations to our Appellate Moot Court team of 3Ls, Ashlyn Grim, Aaron McDonough, Brazitte Poole, and Lydia Wardi, who were named Regional Champions of the prestigious
American Bar Association National Arbitration Competition in Brooklyn, New York. The team was coached by Devon Ferris (L’16), who did a tremendous job preparing them for the competition. They argued four times over two days, beating teams from Stetson University School of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law, and Brooklyn Law School. They faced New York School of Law in the final round, where they earned the title of Regional Champions.
Our students' strong performance and victory was a result of months of hard work and preparation. The Duquesne Law team advanced to the ABA National Arbitration Competition national finals in Chicago, IL, January 25-26, 2019.
Team: Brazitte Poole, Aaron McDonough, Lydia Wardi, Ashlyn Grim
American Bar Association National Arbitration Competition, National Finals
January 25-26, 2019
After securing their spot as Regional Champions in November, our team of 3Ls advanced to the ABA National Arbitration Finals in Chicago in January. Coach Devon Ferris (L’16) did a fabulous job of preparing the students. Ashlyn Grim, Aaron McDonough, Brazitte Poole, and Lydia Wardi represented Duquesne Law School in this prestigious competition. They defeated a team from Texas Tech Law School in the semi-finals. In a very close final round against Southern Methodist University, the team took 2nd place in the country, giving them the title of ABA National Finalists.
Congratulations on a tremendous performance!
Team: Ashlyn Grim, Lydia Wardi, Brazitte Poole, Aaron McDonough
National Telecommunications and Technology Moot Court Competition
February 15 - 16, 2019
Catholic University, Washington, D.C.
Two teams of Duquesne Law students competed in Washington, D.C. Our 2L team of Maria Carr, Amanda Schiavo, and Alana Staneszewski, advanced and won the semi-final round. The 3L team, Taylor Frey, Michele Mellick, and Maura Perri, had a strong brief score, placing third in the competition. The teams were coached by Duquense Alumni, David Frantz and Amy Kerlin.
Team 1: Michele Mellick, Maura Perri, Taylor Frey
Team 2: Alana Staneszewski, Amanda Schiavo, Maria Carr
American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
February, 28 - March 2, 2019
Two team so f Duquesne Law students competed in the prestigious competition known as "NAAC.” Sam Nolan (3E), Eric Wyant (2L), and Serena Tamburrino (2L) argued on and off brief four times over three days, beating teams from the University of Georgia School of Law and DePaul Law School. Nolan, Wyant, and Tamburrino advanced to the regional semi-finals, and lost in a split decision to a team from Southern Illinois School of Law. The team earned an award for writing the fifth Best Brief. Our second team of 2Ls, Danielle Mrdjenovich, Oluwaseyi Odunaiya, and Kelly Capone also did a fabulous job, beating a team from the University of Memphis School of Law and narrowly failing to advance to the semi-final round. Our students' strong performance was a result of months of hard work and preparation. Adjunct Professor Erin Karsman coached the teams.
Team 1: Serena Tamburrino, Samuel Nolan, Eric Wyant
Team 2: Danielle Mrdjenovich, Kelly Capone, Oluwasey Odunaiya
National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition
March 7 - 9, 2019
West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Hosted by West Virginia University College of Law, two teams of Duquesne Law students joined 30 teams from across the nation over a three-day period.
Third-year students Dominic Carrola and Adam Duh emerged as quarterfinalists, succumbing narrowly in a single-elimination match-up to George Washington University Law School. Second-year students Madison Baric, Carrie Garrison, and Mariah Mandy advanced to the octofinals after facing, among others, William and Mary Law School and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (champion and runner-up of last year’s competition, respectively).
This year’s case involved challenging issues addressing the regulation of a coal ash impoundment under the Clean Water Act. Other issues included the approval of a rate order by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and a confiscatory taking under the Fifth Amendment. Each team wrote a brief on the issues and then argued the case in a simulated U.S. Court of Appeals. The students were coached by Martin McKown (L'15) and Emilia Rinaldi (L'15).
Team 1: Adam Duh, Dominic Carrola
Team 2: Madison Baric, Mariah Mandy, Carrie Garrison
Federal Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition
March 20 - 21, 2019
40 teams from across the country competed in Washington, DC, where AJ Vogt and Taylor Wantz, advanced to the Final Four in an impressive showing. The team argued several times during this intense competition. Vince LeDonne and Amy McCrossen also did an excellent job in this compettion following months of preparation. The teams of 3Ls were coached by 2016 Duquense Law Alumnus, Adam Tragone.
Team 1: Alfred J. Vogt, Taylor Wantz
Team 2: Vincent LeDonne, Amy McCrossen
Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition
March 22 - 23, 2019
Coached by Devon Ferris (L'16), Alyssa Lazar and Brazitte Poole, traveled to our nation's capitol to compete in the First Amendment Moot Court Competition. We are proud to report that this team of Duquesne Law 3Ls advanced to the quarterfinals.
Team: Brazitte Poole, Alyssa Lazar
Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition
March 30, 2019
Team 1: McCall Behringer, Benjamin Kelly
Team 2: Christopher Winkler, Jacob Hanley