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Moot Court Prepares for Intra-school Competitions

Submitted by on April 23 – 2013No Comment

The Fordham Moot Court Board is thrilled to announce the completion of another successful year for the program in 2012-2013. Under the unparalleled guidance of Professor Maria Marcus, the Board competed in seven different competitions across the country, fielding six teams comprised of second-year students, and one team, the National Team, comprised of the three top third-year students. By the end of the year, Moot Court has come home with four brief awards, seven oral advocacy awards, two best oralist awards, and one best overall competitor award. Additionally, all seven teams that Fordham fielded advanced past the preliminary rounds in their respective competitions, with two teams reaching the semi-finals, and the National Team winning the regional championship, besting NYU in the finals.

To close the season, Moot Court held its own annual Kaufman Competition, where NYU, no longer facing the fearsome threat of a Fordham team, went home the victor. Following the completion of the final round of Kaufman, which was judged by circuit judges Hon. Paul Kelly, Hon. Boyce Martin and Hon. Jane Roth, and SEC commissioner, Hon. Troy Paredes, Judge Martin mentioned to the outgoing board that Fordham put on “the best moot court competition in the country.”

With this excellent season behind us, Fordham Moot Court has recently announced its 2013-2014 Board, a slate of 2Ls that are eager to carry on the long legacy and impeccable reputation that Fordham Moot Court enjoys nationwide. As its first act, the Board is putting on its annual William Hughes Mulligan Memorial Moot Court Competition. Mulligan is an intraschool competition in which every 1L has the opportunity to write and compete for a spot on next year’s board. Beyond the incredible learning experience and resume boosting that competing in Mulligan provides, it is also one of the first opportunities for 1Ls to put away their outlines and flashcards, and engage in something far more basic to being a successful advocate: arguing. Mandatory information sessions are being held this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday where more specific information and free pizza will be available.

The 2013-2014 Fordham Moot Court Board hopes that all students interested in Moot Court will come to an information session and learn about the amazing experience Moot Court provides. For any other information or questions about the competition or Moot Court, please email MulliganMC@law.fordham.edu.

–Steve Della-Ferra, Fordham Law Moot Court Interschool Competitions Editor

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