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DU Law Students Win National Energy/Sustainability Court Competition

Duquesne University School of Law students Aleksandra Kocelko and David Leake garnered top honors at the prestigious National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition this past weekend.

The event, held March 27-29 at West Virginia University School of Law, highlights emerging trends in energy law and recent developments in sustainable energy production. It is geared toward law students interested in working in the energy and sustainability law field.

Members of the law school's Appellate Moot Court Board, Kocelko and Leake argued on and off brief eight times and defeated a team from the University of North Dakota in the final round. Forty teams participated in the competition, which focused on the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.

In addition to winning the overall competition, Leake won the 3rd Best Oralist Award.

Duquesne's second team of Paul Roman, Lisa Brunner and David Franz argued on and off brief six times and emerged as quarterfinalists. They also won the 3rd Best Brief award at the competition.
Additionally, a team of Duquesne law students also won the coveted Best Brief award at the 29th annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition. Zack Bombatch and Lauren Gailey also reached the quarterfinals at the competition, held from March 27- 29 at Brooklyn Law School. This marks the second consecutive year that Duquesne students have won for Best Brief.

The national competition provides law students an opportunity to write an appellate brief addressing evidentiary issues in a contemporary context.  

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