Congratulations, 2018–19 Student Advocacy Teams!

BU Law student successes in advanced appellate advocacy, negotiation, and client counseling competitions.

Boston University School of Law prides itself on its robust student advocacy program. From class-wide participation in the 1L Esdaile Moot Court Competition to advanced appellate advocacy in the Edward C. Stone, Homer Albers, or intramural moot court competitions, students develop skills that will have a direct impact on their future practice. Student advocacy teams prepare to compete against some of the country’s top law students in appellate advocacy, negotiation, and client counseling competitions. Below, find results from completed competitions, and check back frequently for updates!

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ABA Negotiation Competition – Nationals

Maris Kramer Brosnan and Ainsley Tucker (both ’21)
Maris Kramer Brosnan and Ainsley Tucker (both ’21)

Maris Kramer Brosnan and Ainsley Tucker (both ’21), who won the regional round of the American Bar Association Negotiation competition in November, traveled Chicago to participated in the national round on February 8 and 9.

The topic this year was employment law. Acting as lawyers, participants were asked to negotiate a series of legal problems based on a set of commonly known facts as well as confidential information only known by each side. Coached by Ryan McCarthy (’19), Kelly Moran (’19), Ahmer Qureshi (’20), and Tyler Stites (’20), the BU Law team is the first since 2013 to reach the national tournament. They prevailed in the first round of the competition, but were unsuccessful in the second round.

“While we did not finish with the results we hoped for, this was an incredible learning experience for both competitors and coaches,” says Qureshi. “We learned about many different styles and techniques of negotiating which will translate well both in competition and in real life practice. Additionally, the judges were impressed with Maris and Ainsley’s organic and seamless chemistry. Their teamwork allowed them to overcome hurdles and zealously negotiate on behalf of their clients.”

 

ABA Client Counseling – Regionals

Avantika Krishna and Anyela Perez
Avantika Krishna and Anyela Perez (both ’19)

Congratulations to the two BU Law teams— Avantika Krishna and Anyela Perez, and Alexandra Trobe and Claire Wells (all ’21)—who competed in the American Bar Association Region 1 Client Counseling Competition in early February!

After admirable performances in the first round, Krishna and Perez were selected to move on, eventually securing 3rd place after six rounds of competition. The teams consulted mock clients on issues involving professional responsibility. Some of the ethical issues raised involved confidentiality, ability to withdraw from a case, perjury, and fee disputes.

Ryan McCarthy (’19), Kelly Moran (’19), Ahmer Qureshi (’20), and Tyler Stites (’20) served as student coaches helping to prepare the team for the competition. “The competitors did a wonderful job demonstrating compassion and building trust during some of the more emotionally turbulent consultations,” says Stites. “They showed an excellent understanding of professional responsibility rules.”

 

National Moot Court – Finals

BU Law National Moot Court Team
Alexandra Arnold, David Bier, and Jason Ecker

Alexandra Arnold, David Bier, and Jason Ecker (all ’19) participated in the final rounds of the 69th Annual National Moot Court Competition January 28–31.

The team was asked to consider first, whether a federal trial court in a given state may exercise general personal jurisdiction over a corporate defendant on the basis of that corporation’s registration to do business in the state, and second, whether an autonomous vehicle that was involved in an accident while its operator was asleep is unreasonably dangerous.

BU Law faced two schools in the preliminary rounds: University of Nebraska College of Law and Loyola University School of Law. The team argued exceptionally well, receiving praise from the judges for their thoughtful analysis and enthusiasm. The team received a higher oral argument score than their competitors in both rounds. Unfortunately, due to a slightly lower brief score in both rounds, the team lost each overall round on total points, by a very small margin.

According to Jen McCloskey, who attended the competition with the team, “Alex, David, and Jason put in an enormous number of uncredited hours preparing for the competition, and it showed. Although we were disappointed that our brief did not receive a higher score, given that we had the second-best brief score at regionals, I am extremely proud of how well the team argued. They did all they could at oral arguments, receiving a higher oral argument score than their opponents in both rounds. We also want to thank the faculty who helped moot the team in preparation.”

 

National Moot Court Team Wins Regional Round!

BU Law National Moot Court team
David Bier, Alexandra Arnold, and Jason Ecker

Congratulations to Alexandra Arnold, David Bier, and Jason Ecker (all ’19), the BU Law National Moot Court team, who competed in and won the National Moot Court Region 1 competition!

The BU Law team was undefeated, winning their preliminary rounds against Vermont Law School and Western New England Law School, their semi-final round against UMass Law, and finally defeating Boston College Law School in the finals. In addition, Arnold won Best Oralist in the competition, and the team received the second-highest brief score. The team will compete in the national competition in New York in late January.

This year, the students argued two issues: First, whether a federal trial court in a given state may exercise general personal jurisdiction over a corporate defendant on the basis of that corporation’s registration to do business in the state, and second, whether an autonomous vehicle that was involved in an accident while its operator was asleep is unreasonably dangerous.

Hosted by Roger Williams University School of Law, the pairing schedule was a difficult one: UMass won Best Brief (which accounts for 40 percent of each round), Vermont’s brief score fell just half of a point below the team’s, and Boston College entered the final round undefeated. Moreover, due to the vagaries of the coin toss, the BU Law team had to argue for petitioner—perhaps the more difficult position—in both the semi-final and final round.

“I’m extremely proud of these students for the many hours of uncredited, self-directed time they put in to writing their brief and practicing,” says Jennifer Taylor McCloskey, associate director of the Legal Writing & Appellate Advocacy Program.

 

2018 Edward C. Stone Award Winners and Homer Albers Prize Moot Court Competition Invitees

Please join us in congratulating this year’s participants in the Edward C. Stone Moot Court Competition. Sixty 2L students competed in the competition this year, and all of the participants worked extremely hard during what is an especially busy time of year. We had an especially strong group this year; the students’ brief scores were, across the board, the highest I have seen in 11 years. In particular, we’d like to recognize the winners of the Best Brief and Best Oralist awards for each problem, as well as the Homer Albers Prize Moot Court Competition invitees, who are listed below. Please congratulate these students if you know them!

Best Brief

  • Rich Driscoll and Cameron Chan, and David Horton, co-winners for problem 1: Mandelay v. Kramerica Indus., Inc. 
  • Jacqueline Betz and Nadia Lee for problem 2: Maybee v. City of Pawned Knee Dept. of Parks & Recreation 
  • Gavin Tullis and Brad Baranowski for problem 3: United States v. Jones and United States v. Thompson 

Best Oralist

  • Raymond Myer forproblem 1: Mandelay v. Kramerica Indus., Inc.
  • Alexa Solimano for problem 2: Maybee v. City of Pawned Knee Dept. of Parks & Recreation    
  • Brad Baranowski for problem 3: United States v. Jones and United States v. Thompson 

Albers Invitees

Congratulations to the twenty-four students who have been invited to participate in the 2018 Homer Albers Prize competition this spring!

Giancarlo Ambrogio
Brad Baranowski
Suzanne Davies
David Horton
Jimena Mohedas
Martin Ryan
Tyler Shearer
Stella Swartz
Charlotte Armour
Jacqueline Betz
Michael Endick
Ian Hunley
Raymond Myer
Britt Saunders
Alexa Solimano
Deanna Tamborelli
Matthew Atha
Noah Cherry
Jessica Hartman
Stasie Levin
Elaine Ortyl
Julia Schur
Skyler Splinter
Gavin Tullis

 

BU Law Team Wins Regional American Bar Association Negotiation Competition!

Maris Kramer Brosnan and Ainsley Tucker won the regional round of the competition and secured their spot in the national round in February

Three teams, Maris Kramer Brosnan (’21) and Ainsley Tucker (’21), Baasil Shariff (’20) and Dante Spurlock (’20), and Calvin Utter (’21) and Olivia Strange (’21), competed in the regional round of the American Bar Association Negotiation Competition, hosted by New York Law School on November 2.

After three rounds of competition, Maris Kramer Brosnan and Ainsley Tucker prevailed, winning the regional round of the competition and securing their spot in the national round in February.

Aided by student-coaches Ryan McCarthy (’19), Kelly Moran (’19), Ahmer Qureshi (’20), and Tyler Stites (’20), the teams competed against 22 teams from 10 schools, including Colombia Law School, New York University School of Law, New York Law School, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, among others. This year’s theme was employment law, and the first negotiation required the teams to reach an agreement representing an employee who wanted to take additional leave time to help facilitate her adoption. In the second negotiation, the teams represented a law firm defending its unpaid summer internship program against a disgruntled intern.

From Left to Right – Baasil Shariff, Dante Spurlock, Olivia Strange, Calvin Utter, Maris Kramer Brosnan, and Ainsley Tucker

The top four teams competed in the final round, in which each team was asked to represent a tour bus company in a negotiation with a bus driver who had recently become disabled and needed a new position. Kramer Brosnan and Tucker were titled co-champions with another team in the region, and finished the tournament with the highest cumulative score of all 22 teams.

“Throughout all three of their rounds, judges consistently noted that Kramer Brosnan and Tucker carried themselves with poise and professionalism beyond the level of most first-year students,” Qureshi says. “Additionally, the judges found their ability to play to each other’s strengths and balance their client’s objectives with their opponent’s a key reason for their success at the tournament.”