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



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

New York , November 23, 2009 – Fordham University School of Law won the regional rounds of the 60 th Annual National Moot Court Competition, which took place on Wednesday, November 18 th and Thursday, November 19 th at the New York City Bar Association. The winning team included Catharine Parnell, Anthony Perri, and Heather Shea.

The St. John’s University School of Law team, including Danelco Moxey and Tara McDevitt, took second place honors. Both teams will advance to the final rounds, taking place in early 2010. 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, February 1-4, 2010.

Best Brief honors went to the St. John’s University School of Law team members Moxey and McDevitt . B est Runner-Up Brief went to New York University School of Law. Best Individual Oral Argument went to Anthony Perri of Fordham University’s team, with the runner-up also from Fordham Univeristy, Catharine Parnell.

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

1. Does the imposition of a life sentence without the possibility of parole on a juvenile offender convicted in a non-homicide crime violate the Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause of the 8 th Amendment to the United States Constitution?

2. What standard should the court apply when deciding a motion to change venue in which the defendant argues that she cannot receive a fair trial in the current form?

The competition is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers (a national organization composed of approximately 5,700 of the leading advocates in the United States) and the City Bar’s Young Lawyers Committee.

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