Students shine in Myerowitz moot court competition



Christine Miles '22 won Best Oralist

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 10arguing around a hypothetical involving a school’s authority to censor student speech. 

Presiding over the competition were the Hon. Brynja Booth, Maryland Court of Appeals; Chief Judge Matthew Fader, Maryland Court of Special Appeals; the Hon. Terrence Zic, Maryland Court of Special Appeals; and the Hon. Jonathan Biran, Maryland Court of Appeals. 

The judges praised the students’ demeanors and ability to nimbly respond to questions during the arguments. Admitting their decision was difficult because all four performed exceptionally well, they pronounced the following winners: 

  • Best Oralist – Christine Miles ’22 
  • Runner-Up Best Oralist – David Spinosa 22 

Winners for their briefs were:

  • Best Brief –David Spinosa 22 
  • Runner-Up Best Brief – Benjamin Weisburg 22 

“It is such an honor to be named Best Oralist of the 2021 Myerowitz Moot Court Competition,” said Miles, who will be joining the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps after she graduates next yearThis competition challenged me to improve my appellate advocacy skills, and I am excited to use these skills in practice in the future.  

Spinosa, who won runner-up Best Oralist and Best Brief, joked that he went into the competition with a lot to live up to; his sister Bianca Spinosa ’20 won Best Oralist in the 2019 Myerowitz competition. “Everyone who competes in the Myerowitz works hard to write their brief and prepare for oral arguments,” said Spinosa, so to be recognized in both of those categories is truly a humbling honor. And at the end of the day, it's just really cool to talk about constitutional law with judges from the two highest courts in Maryland.    

In its 50th 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 Myerowitz family. 

 


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