Duquesne University School of Law

2015-2016 Competitions

American Bar Association Arbitration Competition
Louisville, Kentucky
November 20-21, 2015

Tynishia Williams (Trial Advocacy Program),
Devon Ferris, Jeffrey Childs, and Robert Shope 
(all of the Appellate Advocacy Program) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year, Duquesne's Appellate Moot Court Board teamed up with Duquesne’s Trial Advocacy program to participate in the annual ABA Arbitration Competition. On November 20 and 21, 2015, a team consisting of AMCB members Devon Ferris, Jeffrey Childs, and Robert Shope and Trial Advocacy member Tynishia Williams traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to compete in the competition. The team was coached by AMCB alumnus Ryan Wilk, L’13.  

The competition simulates a realistic arbitration hearing. Students participating prepare and present an arbitration case and are responsible for opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, and summations. This year’s problem focused on a complex breach of contract issue between a technology company and a security company. In the first round, the team defeated American University with an impressive score and were awarded a high seed going forward. In the second round, the team lost to William and Mary. Throughout the competition, all members of the team gave outstanding performances and were commended by panelists for their preparation and professionalism.

American  Bar Association Client Counseling Competition
Lansing, Michigan
February 12-14, 2016

Thomas Pié and Carly Loomis-Gustafson
with coach David Frantz
Moe Al-Bidhawi and Hillary Cox
with coach David Frantz

Congratulations to the two Appellate Moot Court Board teams that competed in the American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition. Tom Pié (3L) and Carly Loomis-Gustafson (2L) emerged as semi-finalists. The team of Moe Al-Bidhawi (2L) and Hillary Cox (3L) defeated the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in the semi-final round and finished in second place overall. David Frantz, L'15, coached both teams. 

American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
February 18-19, 2016

Chalyn Kaufman, Emily Crawford, and
Emily Schimizzi
Cezanne Tollari, Alyssa Dedola, and
Jamie Spithaler

Appellate Moot Court Board members Chalyn Kaufman, Emily Crawford, and Emily Schimizzi traveled to Philadelphia to compete in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. NAAC is one of the largest moot court competitions in the country. The Duquesne team defeated a team from Case Western in the preliminary rounds, but unfortunately lost to the University of Alabama by a very narrow margin in the final preliminary round. All on the team gave outstanding performances and were commended by the judges for their advocacy skills.

The Appellate Moot Court Board also sent a second team – Cezanne Tollari, Alyssa Dedola, and Jamie Spithaler – to the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. The team defeated teams from Barry University School of Law and Drexel University School of Law in the preliminary rounds and advanced to the semi-finals. At the conclusion of the competition, the team was awarded Third Best Brief.

Professor Erin Karsman coached both Duquesne teams.

National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition
Morgantown, West Virginia
March 3-5, 2016

Bruce Castor, Cindy Howell, and 
Jeff Childs
Kara Beck, Filip Rams, and
Liz Mylin

Two Appellate Moot Court Board teams participated in the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition hosted by West Virginia University. The first team consisted of Bruce Castor, Cynthia Howell, and Jeff Childs, and the second team consisted of Kara Beck, Filip Rams and Liz Mylin. Both teams advanced through the preliminary rounds to the quarter finals, achieving high scores and excellent feedback along the way. AMCB members Carly Loomis and Robert Shope coached both teams.

Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition
Federal Bar Association
Washington, D.C.
March 31-April 1, 2016

Hillary Weaver and Luke Watterson David Zimmerman and Alyssa Sweeney

Duquesne Law once again had an excellent showing at the Federal Bar Association's Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. 

Hillary Weaver and Luke Watterson took Third Place overall in the competition as semi-finalists, and Watterson was awarded Best Oralist. 

Alyssa Sweeney and Dave Zimmermann advanced through three preliminary rounds and made it to the quarterfinals, for which only eight teams were selected.

Third-year student Adam Tragone coached the two teams.

Seventy six advocates from 38 teams competed in the 2016 event. This is the second consecutive year that Duquesne Law has taken the Best Oralist award.  

Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition
Brooklyn, NYC
March 31 - April 2, 2016

Devon Ferris and Katelin Montgomery

Devon Ferris and Katelin Montgomery traveled to Brooklyn, New York, to compete in the 31st Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition, one of the most prestigious moot court events in the country.  

This year, the competition focused on evidentiary issues stemming from the Government’s prosecution of a police officer who was accused of shooting and killing a man in violation of the federal hate crime statute. The team argued three issues: (1) the fourth amendment implications of gathering cell phone location information; (2) the admissibility of an ancient document; and (3) the Confrontation Clause as applied to a dying declaration. 

In the preliminary rounds, Duquesne Law defeated teams from the City University of New York and Ohio State University. In its first single elimination round, the team presented the petitioner’s challenging argument and secured an impressive victory over the College of William and Mary. In the quarterfinals, the team faced a strong team from UC Hastings and a tough panel of judges, but received impressive marks and moved onto the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, the team again gave an outstanding performance on behalf of petitioner, but lost narrowly to a University of Tennessee team, which won Second Place Overall and Second Best Brief.

Montgomery and Ferris ultimately finished in the top four of 36 teams. Throughout the course of the competition, the Duquesne Law team members were commended for their performance and professionalism by the Prince Competition founder and other practicing appellate lawyers on the panel.

AMCB alum Martin McKown served as coach for the team. 

National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion
Touro Law Center
April 7-8, 2016

Meghan Matcherz, Tom Cocchi, and Alison Viola Chloe Zidian and Jillian Denicola

Congratulations to Meghan Matcherz, Tom Cocchi, and Ali Viola, who argued well in the preliminary rounds of the Touro National Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion and received positive feedback from the panels.

Duquesne Law's second team, with Chloe Zidian and Jill Denicola, finished as Semi-Finalists and won Second Best Brief out of 24 teams from across the country. 

Law students Mohammed Al-Bidhawi and Brook Dirlam coached both teams. Congratulations to all.  

 

Appellate Moot Court Board Student Coaches

Adam Tragone
Federal Bar Association Competition

Bobby Shope
National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition

Carly Loomis-Gustafson
National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition

Brook Dirlam
National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion

Moe Al-Bidhawi
National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion