For over three decades, this intramural competition gives participants the opportunity to argue a constitutional law case related to matters currently pending before the United States Supreme Court.
The Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition is the most prestigious appellate advocacy competition at the law school, attracting several local lawyers and judges to volunteer their time as judges. Accomplished lawyers from Western New York and law school professors judge competitors’ oral arguments in the preliminary and semi-final rounds, while federal and state judges evaluate the finalists. Competitors also submit a written brief formatted using the rules to the United States Supreme Court.
Organized by the School of Law's Buffalo Moot Court Board, the Desmond competition is one of the most popular courtroom competitions the school offers. The competition is open to all second-and third-year law students annually.
Our annual intramural Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition concluded on Saturday, November 14.
After four rounds of arguments, the final rounds were judged by Hon. Jeremiah J. McCarthy, US Magistrate Judge, WDNY; Aviva Abramovsky, Dean and Professor of Law, UB School of Law; and Paul J. Cambria, Jr., Criminal Defense Attorney, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria, LLP.
Congratulations to our winners Daniel Caves '21 and Patrick Callahan '22.
Other winners include:
Watch the competition’s final round: