Duquesne Law students tie for Best Oralist at national First Amendment competition

Two second-year Duquesne Law students tied for the Best Oralist Award at the 2018 Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, held this month in Washington, D.C.

Samuel Nolan and Dominic Corrolla of Duquesne Law's Appellate Moot Court Board tied for the prestigious award at the March 23 - 24 competition hosted by the Newseum Institute and Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law.

The competition featured 24 teams from law schools around the country and focused on the constitutionality of public officials' exclusion of constituents and deletion of adverse comments from social media accounts discussing public policy issues.

With their strong brief score and exceptional oral advocacy, the Duquesne Law team prevailed as one of the top four at the competition, defeating several teams along the way, including reigning champions from Notre Dame University School of Law.

The final-round of the competition was presided over by Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey, Senior U.S. Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She was joined on the bench by Judge Bernice Donald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; James Duff, Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America; Judge Rodney Sippel, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri; and Judge Jane Stranch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The Sutherland Cup is the oldest continuous private moot court competition in the nation. It is named in honor of Justice George B. Sutherland, who served the United States Supreme Court from 1922 to 1938.

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Devon Ferris, L'16, coached the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup team. Adjunct Professor Erin Karsman directs the Appellate Moot Court Board. Read about Duquesne Law's award-winning Appellate Advocacy Program.

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