Maryland judges put law students to the test in Myerowitz Moot Court Competition

The 2020 Morris Brown Myerowitz Moot Court Competition was one of the last in-person events at Maryland Carey Law before the building emptied for spring break, and faculty shifted courses online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing measures were in place at the law school, however, on March 11. Save for competitors, judges, and a limited number of event organizers, the usually full Ceremonial Courtroom was emptyaspectators, instead, viewed the proceedings via live stream 

Presiding over the competition were the Hon. Stephanie A. Gallagher and the Hon. Paul W. Grimmboth from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland—and the Hon. Andrea M. Leahy of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. 

Four competition finalists argued around hypothetical involving the pending deportation of a homeless refugee who violated an anti-camping ordinance. At the conclusion, students received individualized feedback from the judges—on everything from the strength of arguments to speed of delivery to eye contact. Judges Gallagher, Grimm and Leahy admitted their decision was difficult because the students were all highly prepared, but announced the following winners: 

Best Oralist – Daniel Mooney ’21 

Runner-Up Best Oralist – Alison Hyde 21 

Best Brief – Taylor Hallowell 21  

Runner-Up Best Brief – Jordan Riger ’21 

Best Oralist Daniel Mooney appreciates the unique opportunities the competition provides students interested in litigation careers. Myerowitz allowed me to argue in front of renowned judges, practitioners, and scholars,” says Mooney, who is also Notes and Comments Editor on the Maryland Law Review, “all of whom provided exceptional feedback and advice that I will take with me as I continue improving my advocacy skills.” 

In its 49th year, the Myerowitz contest honors Morris Brown Myerowitz ’68, who died tragically two years after graduation. Members of the Myerowitz family created the competition to honor its namesake’s sharp intellect, academic success, and zest for life. Now a treasured tradition at Maryland Carey, the event attracts alumni, students, faculty, staff, and members of the Myerowitz family. 

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