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Compete in mock trials and strengthen your advocacy skills

Brooklyn Law School’s Moot Court Honor Society is one of the most distinguished and accomplished moot court programs in the country. Students in the Trial Advocacy Division and the Appellate Advocacy Division compete in over thirty competitions across the United States and overseas. These competitions span all areas of the law, from family law to criminal procedure to constitutional law to international law. Year after year, students win individual awards for outstanding oral and written advocacy, as well as group awards for winning competitions and advancing to quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds.

2020-2021 Executive Board and National Teams

Executive Board

Jacob Nunziato Warren

Vice Presidents - Appellate Advocacy
Kristina D’Angelo
Emily Vaugh

Vice President - Trial Advocacy
Layla Noriega

Prince Competition Coordinator
Nicholas Fuchs

Appellate Coordinator
Sophie Faulkenberry

Trial Coordinator
Andrew Ramstad

Business Affairs Coordinator
Isabella Katzenberg

Appellate Advocacy National Teams

ABA National Team
Jessica Simonelli
Emily Vaught

NYC Bar National Team
Jessica Franzetti
Taylor Schlussel

Vis International Arbitration Team

Veronica Dunlop
Sophia Farruggia
Maximilian Ferlesch
Tino Illiparambil

Trial Advocacy National Teams

American Association for Justice National Team
Milana Lipkind
Monica Mercola
Joseph Pugliese
Michael Thorn

Texas Young Lawyers Association National Team
Michael Nesheiwat
Kayla Smith

2020-2021 MCHS Members

Returning Members
Kim Aquino
Ashley Avera
Alexa Bennett
Benjamin Black
Benjamin Buford
Robert Butlien
Hyanna Cardoso
Carley Cooke
Manasi Dharia
Tal Edri
Monica Ferreira
Kathryn Firstenberger
Margaret Foster
Samuel Hines
Johannes Hoffman
Elizabeth Iannone
Olivia Johansen
Amanda Kadish
Jordan Khorshad
Eric Kleinertz
Zachary Kotin
Kimberly Kramer
Ekaterina Krasavina
Jamie Levitt
Devin Ly
Alec Manfre
Cari Manning
Alyssa Marino
Fiona McFarland
Sarah Meyers
Elizabeth Porfido
Karra Puccia
Ariana Reinhertz
Mateo Rendon
Zachary Rippe
Nick Rybarczyk
Amanda Simms
Eudora Sofge
Jacqueline Steinberg
Elizabeth Steinborn
Marissa Wong
Andrew Zagami
New Members
Hadel Alfagir
Alexis Archer
Erica Baker
Josephine Baldwin-Beneich
Sam Bhat
Johana Borjas
Parker Brown
Ariana Catarisano
Courtney Clark
Alexa Cohn
Dean Corrado
Marissa Cunha
Ashlyn Dean
Jane Dowling
Alex Ellefson
Marissa Espinoza
Francesca Esposito
Octavia Ewart
Daniel Finnegan
Megan Gallagher
Jared Gershowitz
Eric Green
Madeline Guise
Jack Herrick
Jara Jacobson
Abigail Johnson
David Kim
Eun Bi Kim
Daniella Kolmykova
Michelle Lepkofker
Crystal Liu
Cohl Love
Maxim Maiello
William Maier
Paul McHugh
Michael Meyers
Nicole Moccio
Kayshana Mohanaraj
Aidan Mulry
Alicia Nakhjavan
Alessandro Nardi
Thu Nguyen
Dominika Peko
Justin Peralta
Danielle Peterford
Mary Caroline Peters
Yariza Pimentel
Jamie Rauch
Elias Rios
Olivia Rose
John Rossler
Lydia Saltzbart
Jordan Sandberg
Bernadette Schneider
Benedict See
Sydney Segal
Shauna Shalvey
Samantha Shoff
Barrett Smith
Michelle Verkhoglaz
Lane Waples
Carl Wu
Regina Yu

Trial Advocacy Division

Each year, the Trial Advocacy Division sends competitive teams to some of the most prestigious competitions across the country. Members of the Trial Advocacy Division comprise a four-member team and compete in simulated full trial competitions against other schools. Students develop case theories and craft motions in limine, opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments.

Competitors have a unique opportunity to think on their feet while making objections to evidence and responding to objections from adversaries while implementing the Federal Rules of Evidence, Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure. Competitors spend a considerable amount of time preparing for competition by engaging in "practice trials". Teams are aided by faculty and student coaches, who provide critique and assistance in preparing for trial.

Members in the Trial Advocacy Division truly excel in the art of oral argument and persuasion. Trial Advocacy Division members win awards every year and have consistently placed in the quarter-final, semi-final, and final rounds in regional and national competitions.

Trial Division Membership

The Trial Advocacy Division of the Moot Court Honor Society invites all first-year students to participate in the Spring Trial Division Tryouts. From this competition, the Trial Division selects new members to join the Society and compete the following year in competitions around the country.

The Spring Trial Division Tryouts consists of two rounds. In each round, a student must deliver an opening statement and conduct the cross examination of a witness portrayed by a current member of the Society. Students are provided with a Trial Record one week prior to the first round and are assigned to either the prosecution or the defense and assigned the witness they will cross-examine.

Current members of the Trial Advocacy Division judge students participating in the Spring Trial Division Tryouts. Judges look for competitors that manifest a basic familiarity with the content and purpose of an opening statement and cross-examination and who are able to advocate with confidence and conviction.

Chosen Society members demonstrate the fundamentals of opening statements and cross-examinations in a workshop prior to the competition. Students who are not invited to join the society during the Spring of their first year may try-out again during the Fall of their second year.

Appellate Advocacy Division

Members of the Appellate Division compete each year in numerous competitions throughout the country. These competitions give students the opportunity to hone both their research and writing skills.

Students work hard to research and produce written briefs on issues involving the subject area of law in which they will compete. They spend a number of weeks drafting their briefs, then engage in weeks of “practice rounds,” aided by their coaches and members of the Society, to perfect their oral argument skills. By the time the competition takes place, they have perfected their arguments on both sides of the issue.

Appellate competitions address a wide spectrum of subjects, ranging from family law to criminal procedure to constitutional law to international law. Our Appellate Division competitors have won competitions every year and often advance beyond preliminary rounds to the quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds of competition.

Appellate Division Membership

Members of the Moot Court Honor Society’s Appellate Division are selected primarily through a two-round competition held in the spring of their first year of law school. Students who are not invited to join the Society during their first year may apply for membership in the summer before their second year if eligible.

Sign-up below for the Spring 2020 First Year Competition.

Recent Moot Court Winners

2019-2020 Award Winning Teams

ALA National Moot Court Competition (Chicago, IL)
Zachary Rippe ’21, Emily Vaught ‘21
Best Oralist: Emily Vaught ‘21
Coaches: Jesse Lamas ’20, Kassandra Irizarry ‘20

National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition (Washington, DC)
Sarah Colgan ’21, Michael Yoon ‘21
Coaches: Jillian Lewis ’20, Lena Janoda ‘20

Quinnipiac University School of Law/ABA Criminal Justice Mock Trial Competition (New Haven, CT)
James Bass, Daniella Haviv, Layla Noriega, Jacob Nunziato-Warren
Second Best Cross Examination: Layla Noriega ’21
Coaches: Michael Luongo ’19, Joseph Nielsen ’20, Ashley Robinson ‘20

Fordham’s Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition (New York, NY)
Michael Nesheiwat ’20, Kayla Smith ‘20
Best Cross Examination: Kayla Smith ‘20
Coaches: Joseph Nielsen ’20, Megan Shaw ‘18

John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition (Fairfax, VA)
James Bass ’21, Mollie Hamel ’21, Nick Rybarczyk ‘21
Best Oral Advocate: Mollie Hamel ‘21
Coaches: Joanna Menillo ’15, Frank Califano ’20, Aaron Edelman ‘20

Price Media Law Moot Court Competition (New York, NY)
Semi-Finalists – Americas Regional Round
Carley Cooke ‘21, Aya Itani ‘20, Cody Laska ‘21 and Andrew Zagami ‘22
Coaches: Sarah Adams ‘20, Veronica Dunlop ‘20, Jessica Franzetti ‘20 and Sara-Catherine Gerdes ‘20

Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition (Syracuse, NY)
Semi-Finalists – Regional Round
Michael Nesheiwat ‘20, and Kayla Smith ‘20
Coaches: Frank Califano ‘20 and Christopher Dey ‘12

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (New York, NY)
Finalists – Regional Round
Jessica Simonelli ’20, Emily Vaught ‘21
Coach: Megan Pollastro ’20

2018-2019 Award Winning Teams

ABA Labor and Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition (New York, NY)
Regional Champions
Elizabeth Iannone ’21, Tino Illiparambil ’20, Milana Lipkind ’20, and Joseph Pugliese ‘20
Coaches: Brendan Brown ’19, Jenna Jones ’19, Amber Leary ‘19

ABA Labor and Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition (New York, NY)
Frank Califano ’20, Janna Joassainte ’20, Sophie Kravet ’20, and Monica Mercola ’20
Coaches: Sarah Cantos ’19, Brett Feldman ’19, and Sam Goodstein ‘19

Price Media Law Moot Court Competition (New York, NY)
Finalists – Americas Regional Round
Sarah Adams ’20, Veronica Dunlop ’20, Jessica Franzetti ’20, and Sara-Catherine-Gerdes ‘20
Best Oralist: Sarah Adams ’20
Best Oralist in the Final: Sarah Adams ’20
Coaches: Erin Callihan ’19, Steven Deolus ’20, Damandeep Kaur ’19, and Rebecca Meyer ‘19

Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition, Regional Round (Buffalo, NY)
Champions (Advanced to National Round)
Frank Califano ’20, Muhannad Al Nisheiwat ’20, and Kayla Smith ‘20
Coaches: Christopher Dey ’12 and Michael Luongo ‘19

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition – US Northeast Regional (New York, NY)
Abigayle Erickson ’20, Alexandra Getsos ’20, Henry Jones ’20, and Hannah Pickens ’19
Coaches: Kyleen Breslin ’19, Tina Lin ’19, and Eleanor Shotton ’19

National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law (Columbus, OH)
Competitors: Brian Egan ’20 & Jessica Simonelli ’20
Coaches: Yesenia Brewster ’19 & Krista Gay ’19

AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition, Northeast Regional (Boston, MA)
Competitors: Alexandra Lenczewski ’20 & Daniel Slemmer ’20
Coaches: Stephanie Coughlan ’19 & Brandon Fernandes ’19

Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition (Washington, D.C.)
Runner Up, Best Brief
Competitors: Megan Pollastro ’20 & Taylor Schlussel ’20
Coaches: Anne Carey ’19 & Terry Frederic ’19

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, National Round (Chicago, IL)
Competitors: Kaitlin Bond ’19 & Jacob Zucker ’19
Coach: Grace Chamoun ’19

Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition, Regional Round (Buffalo, NY)
Daveed Audel ’19 and Amber Leary ‘19
Best Direct Examination: Daveed Audel ‘19
Best Closing Argument: Amber Leary ‘19
Coaches: Jenna Jones ’19, Steven Michelen ’15, and Rachel Polisner ‘15

Craven Moot Court Competition (Chapel Hill, NC)
Sophia Farruggia ’20 & Chloe Gordils ‘19
Coaches: Nicole Khalouian ’19 & Alex Mendelson ‘19

Hofstra Medical-Legal Mock Trial Tournament (Uniondale, NY)
Muhannad Al Nisheiwat ’20, Sarah Glasser ’20, Pranathi Eesha Malyala ’20, and Kayla Smith ‘20
Best Direct Examination: Muhannad Al Nisheiwat ‘20
Best Closing Statement: Kayla Smith ‘20
Coaches: Megan Hynes ’19, Michael Luongo ’19, and Mallory Turk ‘15

Queens District Attorney’s Office Mock Trial Competition (Kew Gardens, NY)
Shanni Davidowitz ’20, Joshua Filzer ’19, Aarondeep Kainth ’19, and Alyssa Marino ‘21
Coaches: Maryclaire Kennedy ’19, Austin Minogue ’16, and Spencer Smith ‘19

American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition – Regional Round (Brooklyn, NY)
Amanda Kadish ’21, Aarondeep Kainth ’20, Monica Mercola ’20, and Michael Thorn ’20
Coaches: Desiree Alexander ’16, Michael Conte ’17, and Hailey Lonsford ’19

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, New York Regional (Brooklyn, NY)
Regional Finalists (Advanced to National Round)
Competitors: Kaitlin Bond ’19 & Jacob Zucker ’19
Coach: Grace Chamoun ’19

Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition (New York, NY)
Competitors: Travis Elliott-Knaggs ’20 & Leslie Hansen ’20
Coaches: Krista Gay ’19 & Victoria Jaus ’19

Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, International Round (Oxford, UK)
Competitors: Sarah Adams ’20, Veronica Dunlop ’20, and Jessica Franzetti ’20
Coaches: Erin Callihan ’19, Steven Deolus ’20, Damandeep Kaur ’19, and Rebecca Meyer ‘19

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vienna, Austria)
Top 32 Teams
Competitors: Terry Frederic ’19, Rebecca Meyer ’19, and Dylan Porcello ‘19
Coaches: Professors Louis Kimmelman and Dana MacGrath

Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition

Each year, Brooklyn Law School hosts the Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition. Named in honor of the late Dean and renowned evidence scholar, the competition draws over 30 law school teams from across the country to participate in an appellate competition addressing an issue at the forefront of evidence law. Members of the Moot Court Honor Society coordinate and facilitate the Prince Competition, and some students have an opportunity to work with faculty members to research and write the competition problem.

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Practice Moot

Brooklyn Law School is proud to announce that it will be hosting its annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration practice moot on March 7th, 2020. Registration for this practice moot is now open!

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