Appellate Moot Court Board receives national recognition in challenging competition

Two teams from the School of Law's Appellate Moot Court Board earned national recognition for their strong performances at the 2021 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition and one student also received an award. The event was held virtually this year, during the weekend of March 26.

29 teams from law schools from across the country competed, with Duquesne's team of Catherine George (2L) and Madison Maguire (2L) finishing in the final four. The duo was undefeated in all preliminary and quarterfinal rounds. They narrowly lost in the semi-final round to a team from the University of Texas, who ultimately won the competition. George received another honor, being awarded the 11th Best Oral Advocate.

Duquesne's team of Hannah French (3L), Alexandria Iwanenko (3L), and Margaret Potter (3L) placed fourth for Team Oral Advocacy in the preliminary rounds, with only five Team Oral Advocacy Awards were given. The judges were impressed by the team's cohesiveness and collective mastery of the legal issues involved. The team narrowly failed to advance. Martin McKown (L'15) coached both teams.

The competition is one of the nation's most challenging interscholastic appellate advocacy tournaments. It is legendary for involving complex and timely issues of law. The competing teams this year presented oral arguments about the maritime contract classification of an underwater oil and gas extraction operation. They presented their arguments to practicing maritime lawyers who sat as simulated panels of Supreme Court justices.

The School of Law congratulates these students on their impressive work in this challenging competition.

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