2016-2017 Competitions

National Arbitration Competition

November 5-6, 2016

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 Jacob Mellor, William Young, Grant Olson, Kate McCarthy

Congratulations to the Appellate Moot Court Board team that competed in the American Bar Association Arbitration Competition at American University Washington College of Law on November 5-6, 2016.  Jacob Mellor, William Patrick Young, Grant Olsen, and Kate McCarthy, all second-year students, advanced to the semi-finals after defeating American University and Georgetown University, before falling to Michigan State University in a tightly contested match-up. Ryan Wilk, L’13, coached the team. 

Harold H. Greene & Joyce Hens Green
National Security Law Moot Court Competition

February 11-12, 2017

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Allen Page and Karissa Murphy 

Congratulations to Allen Page and Karissa Murphy, who won first place at the Harold H. Greene and Joyce Hens Green National Security Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. The 2L students beat teams from Georgetown Law Center, George Washington University School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, and Fordham Law School.

The competition problem involved complex national security law issues concerning the No Fly List, proper remedial schemes, and procedural due process.

The prestigious competition featured a distinguished panel of judges, including Kiran Raj, deputy general counsel at the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Colonel Denise Lind, chief judge, First Judicial Circuit, U.S. Army Trial Judiciary, and the Hon. Andrew Effron, former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and current director of the Military Justice Review Group

This is the first year Duquesne’s Appellate Moot Court Board was invited to the competition. Congratulations to Murphy and Page, as well as Devon Ferris, L’16, who coached and traveled with the team.

National Appellate Advocacy Competition

February 23-25, 2017

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Adreienne Box, Jamie Inferrera, Samantha Zimmer

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Drew Sheldon, Amy Kerlin, Matthew Goodard

Congratulations to Adrienne Box, Samantha Zimmer, and Jamie Inferrera, regional semi-finalists at the National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and Zimmer, who was named 6th best advocate out of more than 60 competitors! The Duquesne students beat teams from Case Western, Texas Tech, and Wake Forest. The team was undefeated, 3-0, going into the semi-final round, before a close loss to Regent.

The Duquesne team of Amy Kerlin, Drew Sheldon, and Matt Goddard also gave an amazing showing at the prestigious ABA competition, losing by only .55 in the third round. Congratulations to all of our students and Adj. Prof. Erin Karsman, our Appellate Moot Court Board coordinator and coach.

Federal Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Annual Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition

March 16-17, 2017

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Kara Beck, Robert Shope, Coach Katelin Montgomery (L'16), Cezanne Tollari, Alyssa Dedola 

Congratulations to Kara Beck, Robert Shope, Cezanne Tollari, and Alyssa Dedola for a great showing at the Federal Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. Beck and Shope both received excellent feedback from the judges, but narrowly missed advancing on to the round of 16. The team of Tollari and Dedola advanced to the round of 16 before being eliminated in a closely contested match-up. 

Katelin Montgomery, L'16, an AMCB alum, coached and traveled with the teams.

August Rendigs Products Liability Competition

March 24-25, 2017

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Megan Matscherz, Filip Rams, Alison Viola

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Colin Drummond, Amanda Geary

A second Duquesne team comprised of Colin Drummond, Amanda Geary, and Mohammed Al-Bidhawi (not shown above) also competed at the event and had a great showing. Frank Stoy, L’12, and Martin McKown, L’15, coached the teams.  

Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition

March 24-25, 2017

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 Jeff Childs, Bruced Castor III

Congratulations to Jeff Childs and Bruce Castor who advanced to the quarter-final rounds of the Seigethaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Emilia Rinaldi, L'15, coached the team.

Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Competition

April 1, 2017

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Christian Hakim, Lisle Weaver

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Katherine Leonard, Nicole Blackwell

Duquesne Law’s Appellate Moot Court Board sent two teams to the prestigious Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition in Buffalo, N.Y. in early April. Thirty teams from around the country participated in the leading moot court competition to focus on topics in substantive criminal law.  

Duquesne Law’s Christian Hakim and Lisle Weaver won the competition’s award for Best Respondent Brief. Katherine Leonard and Nicolette Blackwell also participated and had a strong showing.