Moot Courts, Mock Trials & Competitions

2016-17 Teams

For the 2016-17 season, our teams will put their skills to use and represent Buffallo in a number of competitions taking place around the country.

Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition

Safa Robinson-Ferrer ’17, Natasha Yunas ‘17, Megan Lyle ’17, Kayla Drickel ‘17

November 11–14, 2016

This competition is one of the biggest national invitational in the country, with more than 40 teams competing each year. Since 2004, teams from more than 30 law schools across the country travel to Buffalo to compete in this prestigious annual competition. Law students try both sides of a homicide case before experienced judges and trial attorneys who volunteer as judges and evaluators.

William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition

Nicole Grasso ’18, Benjamin Macaluso ’18, Courtney Frank ’17, Khadija Olagoke ‘18

November 18-20, 2016

The competition is hosted by the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia as an annual criminal mock jury trial competition for U.S. law students. Every summer, the William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Committee sends hundreds of applications to ABA-accredited law schools. Only 18 schools are invited to compete in this well-known competition named in honor of the late Judge William W. Daniel of the Superior Court of Fulton County.

Frederick Douglas Moot Court

Andrew Plewinski 18, Philip Pierre '17, Kristian Klepes ‘18, Melanie Prasad '18, Jordan Sieracki '18,  Jessica Gill ‘18, Alyson Kehl ‘18, Larry Waters '17

Jan 25–29, 2017 (Northeast Regional)

Four teams from the School of Law will compete in the annual Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition at the Northeast Regional Convention of the National Black Law Students Association in Boston, MA. This year marked the 41st anniversary of the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition (FDMCC) that has been a vital part of NBLSA’s programming since 1975. Throughout the years, the FDMCC has provided hundreds of teams from across the nation with invaluable resources and opportunities to develop their appellate advocacy through oral arguments and brief writing, network with attorneys who come from a range of practices and connect with like-minded law students from all different walks of life.

International Commercial Mediation Competition

Joseph Lavoie 17, coach Steve Sugarman, and Charles Cook ’17

February 3-8, 2017

The ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition is the only moot devoted exclusively to international commercial mediation. The annual event organized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has become ICC’s biggest educational event. The 2017 competition was held in Paris, France.

Peter James Johnson '49 Memorial National Civil Rights Trial Competition

Erin Rocewscz ’17, Andrew Plewinski ’18, Senovia Cuevas ‘18, Matt Peine ’17

October 22-23, 2016

The only national civil rights trial competition in the country, the four-day Peter James Johnson Competition offers law students from up to 16 law schools throughout the country an opportunity to try a civil rights case in an actual courtroom setting before prominent jurists and trial attorneys. The Competition was renamed the Peter James Johnson ’49 National Civil Rights Trial Competition in 2008 in honor of Peter James Johnson ’49, a St. John’s graduate who dedicated his legal career to excellence in the practice of law. The competition was held at St. John's University School of Law in Queens, NY.

Judith Kaye Arbitration Competition Team

Kasey Barrett ’17 (alternate),  Christina Kennedy ’17, Will Quick ’18 (alternate), Amanda Scott ’18, Ashley Czechowski ’17.

November 18-19, 2016

The Judith Kaye Arbitration Competition is sponsored by the NYSBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the American Arbitration Association and will be held at the AAA offices in New York City.  The competition consists of a full arbitration hearing governed by the Large Complex Commercial Rules of the AAA.  After submitting a pre-hearing brief the team will compete through presenting openings, closings, directs and crosses before a panel of experienced arbitrators.  The competition features two preliminary rounds in which teams of two lawyers present on each side. Successful teams advance to a final round.

Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition

Elena Smith’18, Matt Simeone ’19, Charolotte Werner-Kohler ’18, Marlo Sloan ‘18

November 12-13, 2016

The Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center at Fordham University School of Law hosts the Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition. The competition was held at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The competition was created with the generous assistance of Patrick W. Kelly to honor his brother, Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr., Fordham University School of Law Class of 1967 and current Circuit Court Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

The competition features two preliminary rounds in which teams of two lawyers try the case on each side. Successful teams advance through quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. The championship round is then judged by a special guest judge to be announced. Witnesses are provided throughout the competition.

National Trial Advocacy Competition in Michigan

Farina Mendelson ’17, Maria Apruzzese ’17, Peter Sahasrabudhe ’18, Ashley Czechowski ‘17

November 4-6, 2016

The Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan hosted the 17th Annual National Trial Advocacy Competition at the Ingham County Courthouse in Lansing, MI. Law students Ashley Czechowiski ’17, Farina Mendelson ’17, Maria Apruzzese ’17, and Peter Sahasrabudhe ‘18 represented the Law School as part of the Advocacy Institute's Trial Team Program.

The National Trial Competition

Benjamin Macaluso ’18 and Elena Smith ‘17

Matthew Simeone ’18 and Courtney Morphet ’17

Feb 10 – 12, 2017

The School of Law is sending two teams to the National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students' advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar regional competition in Queens, NY.

The program is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education. It is the Texas Young Lawyers Association intent to provide a meaningful contribution to the development of future trial lawyers.

Queens County District Attorney Mock Trial

Adela Smehlik '17, Courtney Morphet '17, Victoria Karninksy ’17, Kaylan Porter '18 

October 29-30, 2016

The Queens County District Attorney’s Office sponsored its 3rd annual mock trial competition which was held in Kew Gardens, NY. The fact pattern for this year's competition was a murder case, tried under New York law.