Boston University School of Law

Updated July 13, 2010

Moot Court News from BU Law

International Negotiation Competition

Congratulations to Dustin Guzior ('10) and Ariel Soiffer ('10), the BU Law team who represented the United States at the International Negotiation Competition July 1-4 at Bond University on the Gold Coast of Australia. Two student coaches, Nadia Oussayef ('11) and Stephen Pessagno ('11), traveled with the team. Guzior and Soiffer competed in all three competition rounds, with a first-place victory in the third round. "Although they did not ultimately win the competition, they learned a lot about competition at the international level," said BU Law's negotiation competition organizer Jennifer Taylor, Associate Director, Advocacy Programs and the First Year Writing Program. There were 16 teams representing 14 countries who participated. The final results saw first place awarded to the USA 2 team from Texas Tech University. Ireland from King’s Inns, Dublin came in second, and in third place was the Australia 2 team from Bond University. The INC is designed to develop the negotiation skills of law students in the context of international transactions and disputes, and is comprised of three rounds based on separate and detailed scenarios.

67th Homer Albers Prize Moot Court Competition

BU Law recently hosted its 67th annual Homer Albers Prize Moot Court Competition, an invitational competition open to the top 16 second-year participants from the fallís Edward C. Stone Moot Court competition. This year the teams, all from the class of 2011, were: Claire Catalano & Evan Panich, Crystal Axelrod & Andrew Churella, Nancy Pellerin & Alistair Reader, Mia Midenjak & Matthew Schrantz, Leigh Campbell & Eric Thompson, Eric Lee & Stephen Pessagno, William Davison & John MacVane, Ryan Bleek & Alexander Raheb. >>More


Constance Baker Motley National Moot Court Competition in Constitutional Law

BU Law congratulates those students who competed in the Fifth Annual Constance Baker Motley National Moot Court Competition in Constitutional Law, held on March 27 - 28, 2010 at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Dean Panayides ('10), Philippa Skow ('10), Ryan Murphy ( '11), Shira Minkoff ( '11), Veronica Hu ('12), and JennyBess Cass ( '12) competed in three rounds against nearly 30 other teams from law schools around the country. The three teams had some success in the early rounds, and Cass and Hu took home the top writing prize for Best Brief. Although the teams did not advance to the semi-finals, the judges were impressed with their oral advocacy skills. We congratulate all three teams on their efforts.


sutherland cup participants
(L-R) Sutherland team members Olga Yetukhova and Chris Lopresete, and Andrea Eichman, student coach and National Appellate Advocacy team member


Oxford International IP Moot

BU Law students Dustin Guzior and Rodrigo Valle, both J.D. ('10), took on fellow law students from around the world and upset past victors University Tech of Queensland to win the 8th Annual Oxford International IP Moot. The competition was hosted by the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre March 19 and 20, 2010, and took place at St. Catherineís College, Oxford.
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Sutherland Cup Moot Court Competition

It was a busy weekend for BU Law moot court teams. Olga Yetukhova (’10) and Chris Lopreste (’10) won the Best Brief award in this year’s Sutherland Cup Moot Court Competition. The oldest constitutional law moot in the country, the event was hosted by Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law March 19-20, 2010. The BU Law team defeated seven other teams for that top honor.

The team argued against teams from George Mason and Duke Law School in the preliminary rounds, and made it to the semi-final round of arguments, where they argued against the team from Georgetown. “Although the team did not make it to the final round, the judges were extremely impressed and the scores were close,” said Jen Taylor, associate director of the First Year Writing and Advocacy Programs.


John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition

BU Law also did well in the March 19-20 John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition. Chris Beaudro, Jonathan Crabtree and Gregory Hafkin (all J.D. ’10) faced 37 other teams at host Seton Hall Law School in Newark, NJ. “Although the team did not advance, the judges were impressed with their performance,” said Taylor. “We congratulate the team on its efforts!”


Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition

BU's Black Law School Association (BLSA) placed second in the northeast regional Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition (FDMCC) this January.

The northeast region was the the most competitive in the nation hosting more than 35 teams, according to BU BLSA external-vice president Ashley Anderson. Team members Mark Barrionuevo and Adrian Angus won Best Respondent Brief. Barrionuevo, Angus, Anderson and Abby Chaffatt placed in the top 10 in the moot court competition.

The student group organized their team and prepared for the 30th annual FDMCC independently, according to Jennifer Taylor, assistant director of advocacy programs.


ABA's Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition

Congratulations to JennyBess Cass ('12), Veronica Hu ('12), Yuki Matsushima ( '11) and Chaz Lively ( '11) who represented BU Law at the Regional Rounds of the American Bar Association's Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition on February 19 and 20. This year, the competition was held at the New England School of Law. A total of 24 teams from seven schools competed for the chance to move on to the National Competition in Waco, Texas.

The ABA's Client Counseling Competitions simulate an initial consultation with a client about whom the teams have limited information. Matsushima and Lively advanced to the semi-final round of the competition after three successful rounds on the first day, but were defeated in the head-to-head competition. Cass and Hu performed well in the preliminary rounds but ultimately did not move on.

Teams for regionals are selected through BU Law's intraschool competition, which is open to all students and takes place every January. BU Law thanks went out to the Negotiation and Client Counseling Board (John Yarwood, Ben Boudreaux, Stephen Pessagno, and Nadia Oussayef), who organize the intraschool competition and coach the teams that move on to Regionals. The 2011 Regional Competition will be held at BU Law.


ABA's National Appellate Advocacy Competition

BU Law would like to recognize Andrea Eichman ( '10), Christopher Jones ( '10) and Elitza Miteva ( '10), this year's National Appellate Advocacy team. The team traveled to Las Vegas on February 25-27 to compete against law schools from around the country in one of the ABA's National Appellate Advocacy regional rounds. Nearly 200 teams compete each year across six different regional competitions for a chance to be one of 24 teams to move on to the National Round. This year, the problem focused on the interplay of a treaty, a federal statute and a conflicting state law. "The team argued well in the three preliminary rounds but did not move on to the semi-final rounds," said Taylor. "We congratulate them on their great work!"


First Amendment Competition

BU Law would like to recognize Chase Covello ('10) and Ariel Soiffer ('10) for their participation in this year's First Amendment Moot Court Competition, sponsored in Nashville, TN, by the First Amendment Center and Vanderbilt University Law School. This year's topic involved a challenge to a town's zoning of speech. The BU Law team competed on February 18 and 19 in four preliminary rounds against 35 other teams from law schools around the country. Although the team was narrowly eliminated after the fourth round, they represented BU Law well and we congratulate them on their efforts!


National Negotiation Competition

Class of 2010 students Dustin Guzior and Ariel Soiffer won the 25th annual Negotiation Competition National Finals. The competition was held by the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division February 5-6, 2010, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Orlando. This is the first BU Law team in the history of the ABA competition to win the national title. >>Full story

Reported by Sandi Miller & Jen Taylor


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