St. John’s University School of Law Wins Regional Moot Court Competition at the City Bar

St. John’s University School of Law won the regional rounds of the 69th Annual National Moot Court Competition, which took place November 14-15 at the New York City Bar Association. The winning team consisted of Daniel Horowitz and Ryan J. Krumholz.

Cornell Law School, represented by Alyssa Hasbrouck, Kasey Ashford and Doug Wagner took second-place honors. Both teams will advance to the final rounds in early 2019. Twenty-Eight winning and runner-up teams from 14 regions across the United States will compete in the final rounds of the competition, January 28-31, at the City Bar.

Best Brief honors also went to Cornell Law School. Runner-up Brief was awarded to Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, whose team consisted of Alexandra Davidson, Kyan Peffer, and Joseph Taglienti. Best Oralist was awarded to Daniel Horowitz of St. John’s University School of Law, with runner-up honors going to Ryan J. Krumholz of St. John’s University School of Law.

This year, the Annual Moot Court Competition presented two issues of significant importance. The first issue is one in the minds of many lawyers as Tesla and other entrants in the autonomous vehicle industry begin to release automobiles with increased abilities to function without the assistance of the human driver. There is no direct case law on point, but analogies can and are suggested by our problem in the realm of strict liability for a product’s “unreasonably dangerous design.”

The second issue is a civil procedure, jurisdictional issue. Businesses necessarily operate these days in many jurisdictions, but the question of whether they can be hauled into court based purely due to a business’ registration to do business in a given state has wide-reaching implications.

The competition is co-sponsored by the National Moot Court Competition Committee of the New York City Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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