Congratulations to two of our moot court teams on their success this weekend, including a championship.
Both teams competed in the New York Regional of the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) hosted by the American Bar Association. NAAC is the largest moot court competition in the country. The New York Regional had 36 teams competing. The team of Michael Hunter, Ross Darville and Matthew Rosenthal won the Regional championship, surpassing teams from Florida International, Columbia, Duke, New York Law School, Hofstra, Syracuse, St. John’s University, Marquette, Pace, Seton Hall and Brooklyn Law School, among others.
Our other team of Florence Chen, Tenielle James and Nicholas LeCakes reached the semi-finals. In addition to our teams’ success, out of over 100 advocates, Florence Chen won the Best Advocate Award, Second and Michael Hunter the Best Advocate Award, Fourth. Brooke Downing did a great job as Team Manager. Both teams were coached by Professor Sander Moody. Our championship team advances on to the National Rounds in Chicago, where the American Bar Association is headquartered.
This weekend also included the American Association of Justice’s National Mock Trial Competition. Over 250 schools nationwide compete in this prestigious competition. The Coastal Law teams beat Miami, FSU and Stetson to finish tied for fourth overall out of 24 teams in our region. Congratulations to team members Bobi Frank 2L, Thomas Mangan 2L, Kim Campbell 3L, Bruno Portigliatti 2L, Jeremiah Blocker 3L, Jennie Simons 2L and Kristi White 2L, team manager Madison Hagopian and coaches and Coastal alumni, Lindsay Tygart and Fraz Ahmed.