Appellate Moot Court takes highest spot at national competition, garners other top awards

Members of the School of Law's Appellate Moot Court Board won the prestigious Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Competition during the weekend of March 13. This 45th annual event was held virtually this year, with competition against forty teams from law schools across the United States.

"Duquesne Moot Court teams are known for being extraordinarily well-prepared, and this year was no exception. The students worked diligently not just to prepare for challenging questions from the bench, but also to perform well in a virtual environment. Our students' mastery of the legal issues was truly exceptional, and the significant hours of practice logged in via Zoom allowed them to be comfortable in the virtual setting. I am incredibly proud of all our students for their perseverance and resilience during these unprecedented times," said Erin Karsman, director of appellate advocacy programs and director of the Thomas R. Kline Center for Judicial Education.

The winning team was comprised of Caleb Setlock (3L), Corey Stanford (3L), and Jonathan Veres (3L). On their path to victory, they argued on and off their brief six times. Along the way, they beat teams from Emory University, Wayne State, the University of Cincinnati, Villanova University, and the University of Illinois Chicago. In the final round the team beat Loyola Chicago.

Two members of the team, Veres and Stanford, were both awarded Best Oralist awards at the competition. Veres won his award for his impressive performance in the preliminary rounds. Stanford received his award for excellent advocacy in the final round. Additionally, the team produced the third best brief at the competition.

Other School of Law students-Jarek Sulak (2L), Malika Fields (2L), and Hunter Meredith (2L)-performed admirably at the competition. Sulak, Fields, and Meredith were close to advancing beyond the preliminary round. They did receive praise from judges for their mastery of the case law, professionalism, and preparation, all principles of the School of Law program. This team and the winning team were coached by School of Law alumnae, Katelin Montgomery (L'16).

During the same weekend two teams from the Appellate Moot Court Board likewise competed in the prestigious Frank A. Schreck Gaming Law Moot Court Competition against twenty-eight teams from across the country. This competition was also held virtually.

The School of Law's team of Stanley Marciniak (3L), Cassidy DeCosmo (3L), and Dakota Forsyth (3L) advanced to the eighth round and were awarded the Best Brief Award for the highest scoring brief.

The team of Anna Hosack (2L) and Harrison Zelt (2L) argued both on and off brief and narrowly failed to advance to the eighth round. Both teams were commended by their respective judges for their preparation, knowledge of the law, advocacy skills, and professionalism. The teams were coached by Duquesne Law alumni, Emilia Rinaldi (L'15) and Frank Stoy (L'12).

The School of Law wants to extend a heartfelt congratulations to these students and the alumni for their diligent work and accolades.

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