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Rutgers School of Law Wins Regional Moot Court Competition at the City Bar


Eric Friedman
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Kathryn Inman
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Rutgers School of Law Wins Regional Moot Court Competition at the City Bar

Rutgers University School of Law won the regional rounds of the 61st Annual National Moot Court Competition, which took place on Wednesday, November 17th and Thursday, November 18th at the New York City Bar Association. The winning team consisted of Andrew Burroughs, Daniel LeCours, and Brett Pugach.

Pace University School of Law, whose team included Alexander Gastman, James Healy, and Atiya Leary, took second place honors. Both teams will advance to the final rounds, which take place in early 2011. 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, January 31–February 3, 2011, at the New York City Bar Association.

Best Brief honors went to the St. John’s University School of Law team, consisting of Kenisha Calliste, Michael Ryan Diaz, and Cameron Fee. Runner-Up Best Brief was awarded to Rutgers School of Law. The Best Individual Oralist honor went to James Healy of Pace University School of Law, with the runner-up prize going to Daniel Lecours of Rutgers.

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

1. What standard of review should courts apply when deciding a motion for a preliminary injunction where it is not certain that the moving party is more likely than not to prevail in the underlying matter?
2. Whether a specific municipal health care ordinance is preempted under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”).

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

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