After weeks of intense preliminary rounds, the final round of this year’s Cuccia Cup Moot Court Competition was held on October 29 in the MacDonald Moot Court Room. The topic of debate involved a case of insider trading within the context of a close family relationship. The case touched on Dirks v. SEC, Tanner v. United States, racial bias, and the Sixth Amendment right to a fair and impartial jury.


Arguing on behalf of the petitioner were Angelica Nguyen and James Pesavento and arguing on behalf of the respondent were Hoo Ri Kim and Christina Kim. After arguments were made in front of a panel of guest judges, Hoo Ri and Christina were named as the winners.

The panel of active federal judges included Hon. Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; Hon. Jerome Farris, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Hon. Peter W. Hall ’77, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Hon. Michael A. Chagares, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; and Hon. J. Frederick Motz, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

At the end of the competition the Moot Court Board also announced that David Katz and Adam McCall were the winners of the Louis Kaiser Best Brief Competition.

“The Moot Court Board was incredibly impressed at the quality of arguments made throughout the competition on what were very difficult and salient legal issues,” said Victor Leung, Moot Court Board chancellor. “We were fortunate to welcome such a prestigious panel of judges for the final round, and we were proud to present them with two teams that performed remarkably and represented the Moot Court Board’s commitment to effective oral advocacy. I’d like to congratulate all competitors for their hard work and the finalists for a superb round.”

Prize money for the competition is funded annually through endowed gifts from the Cuccia family. Prizes for the Best Brief are funded through an endowed gift from Louis Kaiser LL.B. ’21.

The Cuccia Cup is Cornell Law School’s only internal competition in which competitors argue in teams of two. Students who participate in the Cuccia Cup help fulfill part of the requirements to join the Moot Court Board.