Appellate Moot Court competes in National ABA Competition

The School of Law's Appellate Moot Court sent two teams to the prestigious American Bar Association's (ABA) National Appellate Advocacy Competition Boston Regional during the weekend of February 18. The virtual competition featured thirty-one teams from across the country.

This esteemed competition offers law students practical experience competing in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. In the process they hone their oral literacy skills, experience in brief writing, and in arguing a case in front of a mock court.

The Duquesne teams who participated are part of the School of Law's Appellate Moot Court Program. The first team, comprised of Cara Brack (3L), Alexandra Jones (3L), and Emily Peffer (3L) argued on and off brief four times. The team made it to the semi-final round where they lost in a close split decision and emerged as Regional Semi-finalists.

The second team included Michael Bethune (2L), Jane Schleicher (2L), and Sarah Shumate-Connor (2L). This team argued on and off brief three times and narrowly failed to advance to the semi-final round.

Both teams represented the School of Law and projected comprehension of the law while exuding Spiritan values. Both teams received accolades from the judges for their preparation, exceptional knowledge of the case law, extemporaneous ability, and professionalism.

Erin Karsman, director of appellate advocacy programs and director of the Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education said, "I am so proud of our National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court teams for their diligence and determination, particularly in these challenging times. The students worked exceptionally hard to prepare for the competition and were able to quickly adapt to the virtual setting and showcase their mastery of the case law and legal issues."

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