From the 2007 News Archive
UM Law Moot Court Team Sweeps Regional Round, Advances to Finals of National Moot Court Competition
The School of Law's National Moot Court Team advanced to the finals of the National Moot Court Competition
, sweeping the regional qualifier held Nov. 17-19 at the University of Baltimore. The team of Mary Sylvester ‘07, Paul Spelman ‘07, and David Sharfstein ’07, went 2-0 in its preliminary rounds, beating the University of Baltimore and Pitt, then defeated the University of Pennsylvania in the semi-final round. By besting Temple in the final round, they have secured a spot in the National Finals, which will take place in the spring in New York.
In addition to being overall winners, the team also captured the best brief award, Spelman was named best oral advocate of the entire competition, and Sylvester was named best oral advocate in the championship round. "The only award which the team, or its members, did not receive was that given to the runner-up," said team coach Marc DeSimone.
Co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bar of the City of New York, the competition consists of two rounds of arguments: the regional and the finals. The Competition divides the United States into 14 regions. Within each region, a regional sponsor designated by the Committee ("Regional Sponsor") conducts regional rounds for the law schools located within that region. Teams that qualify in the regional rounds are eligible to enter the final rounds.
Since 1950, the New York City Bar and the American College of Trial Lawyers have sponsored this National Moot Court Competition. Every year, over 150 law schools compete in the regional rounds throughout the U.S., and the winners advance to the final rounds held at the New York City Bar. This nationally–recognized competition allows law students to hone their appellate advocacy skills by arguing before prominent members of the profession.