2013-2014 Year in Review: Pace Law Students Are Demonstrating Oral Advocacy Skills

The oral advocacy program at Pace Law School is a robust one. Students here have the opportunity to learn and practice their oral advocacy skills by participating in the trial advocacy and/or the moot court programs. Along with standard set of courses, students have the opportunity to join variety of trial advocacy, appellate advocacy and/or moot court teams. It is a critical addition to the classroom learning, allowing for students to learn the value of preparation, hard work and collaboration. It is an intense learning experience which instills great confidence in our students. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Pace students participated in a total of 29 trial and moot court competitions in the areas of criminal law, civil rights, constitutional law, immigration law, labor law, client counseling, mediation, arbitration, negotiations, international environmental law, securities dispute resolution, energy and sustainability, international law, international commercial arbitration, international criminal law, evidence, baseball arbitration, voir dire skills, trial skills, appellate advocacy skills, and more. Join us in congratulating all the teams, their members and coaches, on a job well done! Special thanks goes to the Director of the Pace Oral Advocacy Skills Program, Prof. Louis V. Fasulo, the Pace Moot Court Board (consisting of hard working students), and Ms. Loretta Musial, the administrative assistant to oral advocacy program at Pace.

The following is a list (in no particular order) of trial and moot court competitions Pace law students participated in during 2013-2014 academic year:

National Sports Law Negotiation Competition // Thomas Jefferson School of Law (September 20 – September 22, 2013)
Coach: Jared Hand, Esq.
Team Members: Dan Masi, Jesse Kantor, Peter Naber (Student Coach)

GGU-BLS Criminal Mock Trial Competition (October 10 – October 13, 2013)
Coach: Hon. Sharon A. M. Aarons & Prof. Samuel Braverman
Team Members: Christopher O’Brien, Chris Camastro, Nicole Sosnowski, Erica Gilerman

Buffalo Niagara Trial Competition // SUNY Buffalo Law School (November 7 – November 11, 2013)
Coach: Prof. Julia Cornachio
Team Members: Jin Wu, Christian McCarthy, Lani Brandon, Juna Dawson-Murray

Voir Dire – Show Me The Challenge // UMKC School of Law (April 3 – April 5, 2014)
Coach: Prof. Eylan Schulman
Team Members: Ellen Zhang, Jon Panico, Chris Schweitzer

Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition // Fordham Law (February 22 – February 23, 2014)
Coach: Prof. Louis Fasulo
Team Members: Christopher O’Brien, Peter Oliveri

Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC) / American Association for Justice (March 20 – March 23, 2014)
Coach: Prof. John Meringolo
Team Members: Arthur Muller, Mike Andreani, Nicole Gard, Alexandra Ashmont

John L. Costello National Criminal Law Competition // George Mason University School of Law (February 6 – February 9, 2014)
Coach: Jason Herman, Esq.
Team Members: Alyson Kuritzky, Levi Glick, Michelle Piantadosi

National Pre-Trial Competition // Stetson Law (October 10 – October 13, 2013)
Coach: Jason Herman, Esq.
Team Members: Kasey Parente, Lauren Creegan, Levi Glick, Jack Bingham

Peter James Johnson ’49 National Civil Rights Trial Competition (NCRC) // St. John’s School of Law (October 24 – October 27, 2013)
Coach: Sheila Gabay, Esq.
Team Members: Jessica Piperis, Boris Shapotkin, Jessica Ingersoll, Chris Berengieri

Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition (ETAC) (April 5 – April 6, 2014)
Coach: Profs. Keith Sullivan and Louis Fasulo
Team Members: Christopher O’Brien, Matthew Pellegrine, Nicole Murdoca, Erica Gilerman

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) (February 20 – February 22, 2014)
Coach: Prof. James Castagna
Team Members: Edward Johannes, April Booker, C.J. Croll

ABA Client Counseling Competition (February 8 – February 9, 2014)
Coach: Stephanie Chow
Team Members: Jay Vyas, Levin Thomas, Danielle Meeks, Pooja Shah

ABA Law Student National Representation in Mediation Competition (February 22 – February 23, 2014)
Coach: Prof. Danielle Shalov
Team Members: Matt Trauner, Jessica Piperis, Michelle Rakebrand, John Darmino

ABA Arbitration Competition (November 16 – November 17, 2013)
Coach: Prof. John Meringolo
Team 1 Members: Arthur Muller, Mike Andreani, Nicole Gard, Alexandra Ashmont
Team 2 Members: Daniel Greco, Rich DePonto, Christopher Schweitzer, Peter Oliveri

ABA Negotiation Competition (November 16 – November 17, 2013)
Coach: Stephanie Chow
Team Members: J. Justin Woods, Rikki Bahar, Daniel Phillips, Ellen Liang, Jake Sher

International Environmental Moot Court Competition // Stetson Law (January 24 – January 26, 2014)
Coach: Prof. Matthew Brotmann
Team Members: Charter Williams, Ellen Zhang, Megan Hopper-Rebegea

St. John’s Securities Dispute Resolution Triathlon (October 19 – October 20, 2013)
Coach: Prof. Elissa Germaine
Team Members: Crystal Green, Jaclyn Weissgerber, Jeffrey Peters

National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition // West Virginia University College of Law (March 27 – March 29, 2014)
Coach: Andrea Cerbin, Esq.
Team Members: Mike Dicato, Ellen Liang, Levan Thomas, Andrea Rodricks, Ellen Zhang (Student Coach)

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (February 13 – February 16, 2014)
Coach: Prof. Lucie Olejnikova
Team Members: Ann Bermont, Bianca Francois, Rocky Boussias, Kiersten Schramek

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (March 28 – April 7, 2014 (East); April 12 – April 15, 2014 (Vienna))
Coaches: Profs. Vikki Rogers and Linda Wayner, and Genavieve Shingle, Esq., Bryn Fuller, Esq.
Team 1 Members: David Calvello, Kristen Carroll, Justin Pifer, Christina Riggio
Team 2 Members: Megan Harney, Faiza Jamil, Hilary Atzrott

International Criminal Moot Court Competition (March 7 – March 9, 2014)
Coach: Prof. Peter Widulski
Team Members: Amanda Ibrahim, Patrick Dowdle, Alexandra Ashmont, Catherine Peña, Richard DePonto

Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition (March 27 – March 28, 2014)
Coach: LaWanda Geter, Esq.
Team Members: John Astarita, Joseph Fortunato

Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition // Brooklyn Law School (March 27 – March 29, 2014)
Coach: Prof. Peter Widulski
Team Members: Jonathan Alvarez, Christian McCarthy, Patrick Williams

National Moot Court // New York Bar (November 20 – November 21, 2013)
Coach: Prof. John Fullerton
Team Members: Nicole Murdocca, Matthew Pellegrine, Alena Eydlish

National Baseball Arbitration Competition // Tulane University Law School (January 22 – January 24, 2014)
Coach: Jared Hand, Esq.
Team Members: Dan Masi, Jesse Kantor, Jared Hand, Peter Naber

Fredrick Douglass Moot Court Competition // NBLSA (January 22 – January 26, 2014)
Coach: Hon. Alexander W. Hunter, Jr.
Team Members: Michael Armstrong, Darilyn Octave

Immigration Law Moot Court // NYU Law (February 22 – February 24, 2014)
Coach: Prof. Vanessa Merton
Team Members: Katie Mendez, Seth Levy, Stephanie Ramos

National Trial Competition (February 6 – February 9, 2014)
Coach: Prof. Joel Seidemann
Team Members: Jack Bingham, Nicole Sosnowski, Christian McCarthy, Chris Berlingeri, Melissa Rodriguez, Jessica Ingersoll

ABA Labor Law Trial Advocacy Competition (November 23 – November 24, 2013)
Coach: Prof. James Castagna
Team Members: Danielle Koves, Stephen Cobb, Kee Han, Faiza Jamil

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