Every year Cornell Law School’s Moot Court Board sends teams to a variety of national and international competitions, providing an opportunity for participants to hone oral argument, research, and writing skills. This year thirty-one students competed in nine events across the country and abroad.
In February Cornell students participated in the Northeast Super Regional round of the prestigious Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Coached by Thomas Mills, Associate Director for Collections & Administrative Services at the Cornell Law Library, the team of Neal Christiansen '14, Jovana Crncevic '13, Kate Georgen '14, Cody Herche '13, and Puja Parikh '14 finished ninth overall. Crncevic and Herche won, respectively, third and twenty-first best oralist.
Meanwhile, Alex Cabe '14, Minsuk Han '14, and Michael Milazzo '14, with coaching from Charline Gibson, traveled to New Orleans for Tulane Law School’s Mardi Gras Invitational Sports Law Competition; Niki Gaglani '14, Gwen Gou '14, and Yangming Xiao '14, with coaching from John Ingles, took on the NYU Immigration Law Moot Court Competition; and Brian Dunn '14, Chanakya Dwivedi LL.M. '13, and Carla Moore '14 represented Cornell at William and Mary Law School’s Spong Moot Court Competition. Stephen Weingold '14 and Stephen Wirth '14 also participated in the Twenty-Third Annual National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, hosted by Vanderbilt Law School.
At the Niagara International Moot Court Competition, held in Toronto in late February/early March, Edward Sampa LL.M. '13, Anuradha Sawkar '14, Brianna Serrano '13, and Jon Underwood '14, coached by Professor Jens Ohlin, tackled a scenario involving international business and persons on UN terrorist lists.
Next was the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in March. Mary-Ann Awada '14, Camille Bacon-Schulte '14, Jun Li '13, Jennifer Nettleton LL.M. '13, and Andrew Soler '14, coached by Laura Spitz, associate dean for international affairs, won third place in the Budapest Pre-Moot and an honorable mention for the Eisemann Team Oral Award. The competition drew more than 1250 participants from 290 universities and 67 countries.
Finally, April saw Ari Diaconis '14, Jonathan Goddard '14, and Malavika Rao '14, with coaching from Professor Joel Atlas, competing with 208 teams from across the country at the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, as well as Julia Pascuzzo '14, Ryuk Park '14, and Yingchen Xiong '14 competing in Brooklyn Law School’s Prince Memorial Evidence Competition.
As the 2013-2014 academic year begins, the Moot Court Board is already looking ahead to the next season of competitions. “We encourage all second and third-year students to try out for a team this year,” says Board Chancellor Jon Underwood. “The Board plans to build on the successes of last year and have our best year yet.”