49th Annual William B. Spong Memorial Moot Court Tournament
This weekend, the Appellate Moot Court Board sent two teams of third year students to compete in the prestigious 49th Annual William B. Spong Memorial Moot Court Tournament held at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. Thirty-six teams participated from twenty-four law schools. Many of the judges were current or retired federal and state judges, including several United States Circuit Court of Appeals judges. This year's problem involved complex and nuanced political speech issues.
The team of McCall Behringer and Alana Staniszewski advanced to the final four, narrowly losing to the University of Oklahoma in the semifinal round. The team of Amanda Schiavo and Maria Carr advanced to the Round of 16 where they had a strong showing against the eventual champions, Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Along the way, our AMCB teams defeated teams from the University of Georgia School of Law, George Mason University Scalia Law School, and West Virginia University School of Law, among others.
Adam Tragone (L'16) coached the teams and did a tremendous job. Congratulations to McCall, Alana, Amanda, Maria, and Adam on a fantastic showing!
Each law school that participated in this competition had to have a faculty member or adjunct faculty member serve as a volunteer brief grader. Pete Giglione, L'02, Trial Advocacy Program Coordinator and adjunct law professor served as Duquesne Law's brief grader.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.
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