The Law School hosts 40th Annual Mugel Tax Law Moot Court Competition; team reaches semi-finals

Published June 19, 2014

SUNY Buffalo Law School hosted the 40th Annual Albert R. Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition, the oldest appellate advocacy competition involving tax law in the United States, Feb. 28 to Mar. 2.  This year’s Competition, which also marked the 100th birthday of the Federal Income Tax, once again drew teams from law schools across the country.

The Competition is named after the late Albert R. Mugel, the prominent Western New York tax attorney and professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School. The 2013 Mugel Competition problem was prepared by SUNY Buffalo Law Associate Professor Stuart G. Lazar, who last year assumed the role of the Competition’s faculty adviser that had long been held by SUNY Buffalo Law Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus Kenneth F. Joyce.

The 2013 Mugel Competition was won by a team from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Ill. A team from Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Conn. was the runner-up. Ryanne Dent of John Marshall received the award for Best Oral Advocate.

The SUNY Buffalo Law team of Kevin Dwyer ’13 and Kevin Campbell ’13 advanced to the semi-final round and received the second place award for their appellate brief. Dwyer also received the fifth place award for oral argument. The Best Brief Award went to Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law.

The Honorable Mark V. Holmes of the United States Tax Court, Sharon S. Gerstman, and Randall P. Andreozzi ’87, and judged the Final Round of the Competition, which again was held in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the Erie County Courthouse.

Tryouts for the SUNY Buffalo Law 2014 Albert R. Mugel Moot Court Competition will be held next fall.