The Law Center will host its first-ever national Moot Court Competition, in Religion & the Law, on Thursday-Friday, April 10-11, 2014. The semi-final and final rounds will be argued at the Alfonse D’Amato United States Courthouse in Central Islip, directly across the parking lot. The finals bench will include Kermit V. Lipez, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (presiding); Richard C. Wesley, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; and Patrick J. Schlitz, Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. Click here for more information.
Sidney Goldstein was selected as the winner of the 31st annual Bainbridge Moot Court Competition held on Wednesday, October 16, in a narrow decision over fellow second year full-time student Jason Prince, before a packed Auditorium of faculty, students, families and friends. At the conclusion of the competition, the Judge George C. Pratt Award for contributions to Moot Court was presented to NYS Supreme Court Justice and long-time Law Center adjunct professor Judge Mark Cohen. In the competition, named for former Law Center Dean John S. Bainbridge, 2Ls write brief and participate in oral arguments before panels of judges and lawyers. Successful competitors are invited to join the Moot Court Board, the Law Center’s elite interschool appellate advocacy team. Pictured here: L -R: Elizabeth S. Stong, US Bankruptcy Court, EDNY; Frederic Block, US District Court, EDNY (presiding); Helen E. Freedman, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department; finalists Sidney Goldstein and Jason Prince; David Friedman, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department; and Dean Patricia Salkin.
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Moot Court teams took honors at two national competitions in October 2013. At the Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition at Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, VA, Angela Pugliese and Laura Johnson advanced to the quarterfinals in a highly competitive field of 20 teams from law schools around the country. In addition, the team earned a “Best Brief” citation, a first for the school in a national competition. In Washington, DC, the Touro Law team of Cristina Knorr and Keri Mahoney advanced to the octo-finals of the prestigious Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition at the American University Washington College of Law. Congratulations to the “village” that helped make these successes possible: faculty coaches Professors Jeffrey Morris and Eileen Kaufman; Professor Heather Melniker for her work on the brief writing tutorial; volunteer faculty, adjunct, student and alumni mooters; and to Associate Dean for Experiential Learning Myra Berman, whose reorganization of advocacy competition preparation is already paying off. Shown above, L-R, Regent competition student coach Annmarie Sitar and team members Angela Pugliese and Laura Johnson
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