Myerowitz moot court competition makes triumphant in-person return

With great appreciation to be back in-person with an audience, students from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law rose to the challenge in this year’s Morris Brown Myerowitz Moot Court Competition on March 16.  

The four finalists, (front row left to right) 2Ls Kali Krockover, Cogan Rooney, Kaitlin Barnes, and Morgan Taylor argued around a hypothetical in Homer Simpson v. United States of America involving the petitioner Homer Simpson’s use of and intent to distribute the psychedelic drug psilocybin as part of his religious practice, and complications with his legal representation resulting from “Waluma Fever,” a virus killing multitudes around the world. 

Presiding over the competition were (back row left to right) the Hon. Douglas Nazarian of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the Hon. Steven Gould of the Maryland Court of Appeals, and the Hon. Daniel Friedman ’94 of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. 

Before announcing the winners, the judges praised the competitors for their preparation and nimble responses to questions during their arguments. “The hard part,” said Judge Gould, who served as chief justice at the proceedings, “is picking from four advocates who did first-rate jobs.”  

Winner of the coveted Best Oralist designation was Cogan Rooney ’23, who also was runner-up for Best Brief. Runner-Up Best Oralist went to Morgan Taylor ’23, and Kali Krockover ’23 took Best Brief. 

Best Oralist Cogan Rooney said she was “grateful and honored” to participate in the competition. Aiming for a career in litigation, Rooney appreciates the skills she is building in Maryland Carey Law’s moot court program.  

“Myerowitz provides us with a rare and invaluable opportunity to experience a glimpse of real lawyering,” she said. “This competition pushes students to work through every thread of an argument, think on our feet, and find our own voices and styles as advocates. 

Rooney, a former reporter, is a notes and comments editor for Vol. 82 of the Maryland Law Review and a student attorney in the Post-Conviction and Sentencing LTP. She looks forward to working as a summer associate at Venable when the semester ends. 

In Dean Donald Tobin’s opening remarks, he expressed appreciation for the strong ties between the law school and the Maryland judiciary before introducing the three judges. He also noted his fondness for the event because of its impactful role in preparing students for the practice of law. This was the final Myerowitz Tobin will attend as dean of Maryland Carey Law. He will step down at the end of the academic year but remain on the law school faculty. 

In its 51st 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 Law, the event attracts alumni, students, faculty, staff, and members of the legal community. 

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