2014-2015 Competitions

Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition

March 26-28, 2015

Photo of Dean Jerome Prince Competition

Congratulations to third-year students Aaron Weiss and Emilia Rinaldi, who were finalists at the 30th annual Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition in Brooklyn, New York.

The Honorable Richard Clifton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Edward Korman and Margo Brodie of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York presided over the final round. This photo shows Weiss and Rinaldi with final round judges and the dean of Brooklyn Law School.

The Prince competition is among the nation's most prestigious. Finishing second in the country is an impressive feat.

Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition

March 26-27, 2015

Photo of Thurgood Marshall Competition Team

The Appellate Moot Court Board team of Emily Bittle (3L) and Katelin Montgomery (3E) won Best Brief and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Federal Bar Association's 18th Annual Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition. In addition, Katelin Montgomery won an award for being the Best Advocate. The team finished in the top 8 out of 38 teams that competed from around the United States. In getting to the quarter-finals, the team advanced against teams from University of California Davis School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, and Louisiana State University Law School.

The team was coached by Matthew Andersen, and was prepared for oral argument by Professor Erin Karsman and Appellate Moot Court Board alumni Sarah Molinero L'14, Ryan Wilk L'13, Matthew Pilsner L' 12, and Kate Lewis L'12.


National Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion

March 25-27, 2015

Congratulations to Duquesne's moot court teams for placing high among national competitors at Touro Law Center’s National Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion.  A team consisting of David Frantz (3L), Jorge Rojas (2L), and Adam Tragone (2L) advanced to the semifinals.  Additionally, Jorge Rojas won an award for being the Best Oralist at the competition! The team of Daniel Sodroski (3L) and AMCB President Martin McKown (3L) advanced to the quarterfinals. Daniel Sodroski earned an award for being the 5th Best Oralist, and Martin McKown won an award for being the 4th Best Oralist at the competition. Brook Dirlam (2L) and Frank Stoy (L'12) coached the teams. Pictured here are both teams with former U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Loretta Preska, and Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin. 

Photo of Touro Competition

Pictured here are both teams with former U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr,
Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Loretta Preska, Touro Law Center Dean Patricia Salkin.

National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition

March 2015

Two teams from Duquesne University School of Law’s Appellate Moot Court Board competed at the 2015 National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition in Morgantown, West Virginia in March. The first team consisted of Angela Reed Strathman (3L), Jillian Denicola (2L), and Thomas Cocchi (2L).  The second team consisted of Jennifer Grab (3L), Cara Pinto (3L), and Dave Zimmermann (2L).  Both teams advanced to the octo-final round.  

Casey Rankin (2L) and alumnus David Leake coached both teams. 

Photo of WVU Team 1 Photo of WVU Team 2

Duquesne Law sent seven students to the National Appellate Advocacy Competition in St. Louis in March. The team of Luke Waterson, Devon Ferris, and Hillary Cox advanced to the semi-final round, beating teams from the University of Georgia School of Law and Mercer Law School.  Their brief placed 8th out of more than 30 teams. Duquesne Law's second team, with Chloe Zidian, Hillary Weaver, and Alyssa Sweeney, beat a team from Ohio Northern Law School, but did not advance. That team’s brief also had a strong showing. National Appellate Advocacy Competition
March 5-7, 2015

Duquesne Law's Kate Montgomery (3E), was the National Student Director for the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. 

Photo of Cox, Watterson, Ferris
Hillary Cox (Coach)
Luke Watterson
Devon Ferris
Photo of Sweeney, Weaver, Zidian
Alyssa Sweeney (Coach)
Hillary Weaver
Chloe Zidian

American Bar Association Regional Client Counseling Competition

February 8, 2015

The Duquesne University School of Law hosted a regional round of the American Bar Association Law Student Division’s Client Counseling Competition in February. Law students from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio participated in the competition, which was organized by the law school’s Appellate Moot Court Board (AMCB).  AMCB alumnus David Leake, Martin McKown (president of the AMCB), and Appellate Programs Director Erin Karsman led the effort to coordinate the event.  Additionally, AMCB leaders Katelin Montgomery, secretary, Emily Bittle, treasurer, Aaron Weiss, evening student liaison, and Emilia Rinaldi, director of competitions, also provided invaluable support in organizing and running the competition.  

In addition to the twelve teams that competed, the AMCB welcomed many distinguished alumni and friends of the law school, all of whom generously volunteered their time to make the competition a success.  The three teams that advanced to the last phase of the regional competition were evaluated by the Honorable John M. Cascio, President Judge on the Somerset County Court of Common Pleas, Sandra Kozlowski, Deputy Attorney General of the Office of the State Attorney General's Civil Litigation Section, and Andreas Delivorias, a therapist at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. 

The annual competition simulates a law office consultation in which law students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client matter.  They conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation.  The competition is unique because in each round, the students are judged by two attorneys and one non-attorney counselor. This year’s competition focused on family law issues.

Duquesne students Thomas Pié and Alyssa Sweeney emerged as semifinalists.  Two other Duquesne teams, the first consisting of Matt Anderson and Hillary Cox, and the second consisting of Brook Dirlam and Hillary Weaver, also gave outstanding performances.  David Frantz and Ian Haley served as coaches to all three teams. 

Photo of Sweeney and Pie
Alyssa Sweeney
Thomas Pié
Photo of Cox and Anderson
Hillary Cox
Matthew Andersen
Photo of Dirlam and Weaver
Brook Dirlam
Hillary Weaver