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New York Law School Wins Regional Moot Court Competition at the City Bar

New York Law School won the regional rounds of the 68th Annual National Moot Court Competition, which took place November 15-16 at the New York City Bar Association. The winning team consisted of Christopher Fernandez and Nicole Santora.

Fordham Law School, represented by Samuel Ballard and Aviva Kushner, took second-place honors. Both teams will advance to the final rounds in early 2018. Twenty-eight winning and runner-up teams from 14 regions across the United States will compete in the final rounds of the competition, January 29 – February 1, at the City Bar.

Best Brief honors also went to New York Law School. Runner-up Brief was awarded to Seton Hall School of Law, whose team consisted of Andrew Boccio, Anthony Cocuzza and Nicholas Adzima. Best Oralist was awarded to Samuel Ballard of Fordham Law School, with runner-up honors going to Aviva Kushner of Fordham Law School.

This year, the Annual Moot Court Competition presents two issues of significant constitutional importance. The first concerns the First Amendment in the realm of retaliatory arrests and the second concerns the Fourth Amendment as it applies to standing of unauthorized drivers operating rental cars to challenge searches.

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

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