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Fordham University School of Law Wins Regional Moot Court Competition at New York City Bar Association

 New York , November 21, 2008 – Fordham University School of Law won the regional rounds of the 59 th Annual National Moot Court Competition, which took place on Thursday, November 20, 2008 at the New York City Bar Association. The winning team included Michael Hamburger, Elizabeth Langdale and Andrew Short.

The Brooklyn Law School team, including Sparkle Alexander, Jason Braiman and Sara Moser-Cohen, took second place honors. Both teams will advance to the final rounds, taking place February 2 through February 5, 2009. Twenty-eight winning and runner-up teams from 14 regions across the United States will compete in the final rounds of the National Moot Court Competition.

Best Brief honors went to the St. John’s University School of Law. Law students on the St. John’s team included Joseph Capasso and Allison Warga. B est Runner-Up Brief was a tie between the Brooklyn Law School and the Fordham University School of Law. Best Individual Oral Argument went to Elizabeth Langdale of the Fordham University School of Law and the runner-up was Sara Moser-Cohen of the Brooklyn Law School team.

The final round of the competition was judged by Hon. Eileen Nadelson, Hon. John E. H. Stackhouse, James D. Herschlein, C. Evan Stewart and Stuart A. Summit.

This year’s National Moot Court Competition presents two issues not previously addressed by the United States Supreme Court:

  1. 1. Does Section 2 of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act exceed Congress’ power under the Fourteenth Amendment and violate the Establishment Clause?
  • 2. Does the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act limit tuition reimbursement to children who have received public special education and related services through attendance at a public school?
      The competition is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers (a national organization composed of approximately 5,400 of the leading advocates in the United States) and the City Bar’s Young Lawyers Committee.
       

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