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A Banner Year for Oral Advocacy

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John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court winners
The excitement of victory shows on the faces of John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court winners (l-r) Jonathan Lauer, Andrew Dennington, and Emily Armstrong.

BC Law advocacy teams fanned the country and the globe this year, earning a number of accolades in moot court and client counseling competitions, including winning the National Criminal Procedure Moot Court competition. The Law School also hosted the only American Regional round of the European Union Law Moot Court, the second largest moot court competition in the world.

At the National Criminal Procedure Moot Court competition at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, New Jersey, 3Ls Emily Armstrong, Andrew Dennington, and Scott Lauer took top honors among twenty-six other teams. Contributing to their win, the team submitted the best brief, and Armstrong was named best oralist.

In BC Law’s own Wendell F. Grimes Moot Court in April, Stu Leslie and Pat Moore prevailed over Jane Harper and Jeff Rogan, with Moore winning best oralist.

Sean Phelan and Steven Van Dyke won the regional ABA Client Counseling competition and advanced to the national finals in Florida in March, the fourth time in five years BC Law was represented at the finals.

The Frederick Douglass Moot Court team of Tiffany Buckley and James McGuinness advanced to the national championship in Washington, DC, by finishing third in the Northeast Region competition in Albany, New York. In the J. Braxton Craven Constitutional Law Moot Court National Competition in North Carolina, William Dunn, Bryan Bertram, Lauren Fascett, and James Fagan were runners-up in the final round, the third time in the last four years that a BC Law team made it to these finals.

BC Law’s National Administrative-Environmental Law Moot Court Team of Heather Castillo, Jim Downing, and Chris Morgan advanced to the quarterfinals in a field of seventy-two schools at the national competition at Pace University. They took the best oralist award.

Alison Hickey and Christopher Gosselin competed in the sixteenth annual National First Amendment Moot Court Competition at Vanderbilt University. Hickey, a 3L, won the best oralist award.

In the Saul Lefkowitz competition in New York City, Gauri Davan, Martha Wilson-Byrnes, Daniel Malone, and Leila Amineddoleh competed on a problem involving the law of Trademarks and Unfair Competition.

On the international front, BC was active in three programs: the European Union Law Moot Court, the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, and the inaugural Immigration Law Moot Court.

For the EU competition, twelve teams of students came to Boston from law schools in England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

A panel of judges and practitioners from Europe and the United States judged the only American Regional round in this international competition. Some eighty students, scholars, practitioners of European Union Law, and European Union officials participated in the arguments.

Our own EU team of Patrick Halasz, Victoria Bembenista, and Megan Smiley, with their coach Joe Mueller, traveled to Dublin to compete. Patrick Halasz qualified as a semifinalist in the advocate general competition.

BC Law also hosted the Northeast Regional rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, one of the oldest and most prestigious moot court competitions, with schools from ninety countries competing.

Our Jessup team of Arlan Fuller, Meagan Garland, James Bitanga, Kristen Johnson, and Jihyun Cathie Tak was forced to travel elsewhere and headed off to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and acquitted themselves well.

In February, BC Law sent Tara Slepkow, Alex Parcan, and Cecilia Chen to New York University, which hosted the Immigration Law Moot Court, an event they intend to make an annual tradition. The Law School team advanced to the semifinals.

—Thomas J. Carey Jr. ’65


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