From the 2007 News Archive
Moot Court and Trial Teams Continue to Achieve National Success
The University of Maryland School of Law’s Moot Court and National Trial teams continued to distinguish themselves and the law school with outstanding competition results last week.
From Feb. 1-3, the National Trial Team participated in the regional round of the American College of Trial Lawyers’ National Trial Competition. Competing in Fairfax, VA, against teams from Washington and Virginia, the School of Law’s two entries won first and second place. First place honors went to the team of trial team captains, Alicia Wilson ’07, Scott Richman ’07, and Sig Libowitz ’07. After defeating UVA in the quarterfinal, this team defeated Georgetown in the semi-final round. Second Place honors went to Tiffany Sterrette ’08 and Nolan Welchek ’08, who finished behind the first place team by four points. This team defeated Richmond in the quarter-final round and William and Mary in the semi-final round. Both teams will now advance to the ACTL National Competition in Houston, Texas, where Maryland finished second last year in competition against more than 1,000 students from over 100 law schools.
In addition, the School of Law’s National Moot Court Team outlasted 177 teams from 125 law schools to finish third in the National Moot Court Competition held in New York City. In two set of petitioners’ arguments held on Tuesday, January 31, Paul Spelman ‘07 and David Sharfstein ‘07 beat the team from Loyola-New Orleans in the octo-final round and the team from Thomas Cooley Law School in the quarter-finals. On Monday, January 30, Spelman and Sharfstein, arguing as petitioners, beat respondents Boston College, and Sylvester and Sharfstein, as respondents, beat petitioners West Virginia.
In the national semifinals held on February 1, the Maryland team of Mary Sylvester ’07 and David Sharfstein ’07 presented the respondents’ argument against petitioners from the University of Washington. Washington was victorious, and advanced to the national championship round.